Re: : HYB: Blyth survivors
"Juri Pirogov" <email@example.com> wrote:
>there is in a pedigree of LOUISA'S SONG an iris that is mysterious for me:
>CLOUD FIRE (B.Brown'83). It is only one that is out of Barry's line. Is that
>only happy occasion or CLOUD FIRE has some exclusive qualities?
> One thing that has been really interesting to me is a substantial shift in
> direction taking place in Blyth's breeding a few generations back. The
> heavy reliance on SUNSET SNOWS, LIGHTNING RIDGE and similar line-breeding
> that ultimately is PINNACLE, pinks, and PROGENITOR/WHOLE CLOTH oriented has
> taken a subtle but significant shift. Barry mentions this in a *Tall Talk*
> article. The pinks and Progenitor-derived ancestry is still there, but the
> newer Blyth line is more dependent on Ghio sources than on Opal Brown's
> work. I have forgotten just what all came into the line, but the quality
> has shot up rapidly in recent generations.
> Plume d'Or, Cafe Risque, Avona and some others figure heavily in the
> ancestries of recent varieties, and MAN ABOUT TOWN (from Plume d'Or x Cafe
> Risque) is especially notable, as are its several named sibs. Currently
> LOUISA'S SONG and its sibs, including SILK ROMANCE have been especially
> productive of wide, beautifully formed and remarkable colorful creations.
> Another name that surfaces repeatedly is AVONA. The genetics in the line
> are so complex that astounding variety is emerging.
Cloud Fire is one of the best for cold area of its colour (White with red
Chuck Chapman, Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Zone 4/5
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