In a message dated 1/29/2005 7:18:56 A.M. Central Standard Time,
what happens to make a "poor iris"
that good and what's with the color
Sandra, When I first started making crosses I was told by an
experienced hybridizer that I couldn't trust first bloom because they were
frequently atypical. There are many things that seem to be contributing to
"first" bloom and I can't explain that part since I don't understand
it. Maybe someone else on the list can.
However, with the purple one I can guess that part of it was the first
bloom being late in the fall. The temperature was quite cool.
(My first bloom on Bridge In Time was late in the fall and it bloomed with
incredible substance and lace, very similar to My Valentine but without the red
beard.) With this seedling I moved it into different soil which could
have contributed to the problem. Still, it was quite a shock. If I
hadn't been 100% sure it was the same iris, I'd have sworn someone stole my
seedling! Once it was lined out, it retained the greyed lavender
color. A nice splash in an empty garden (when it reblooms), but not
something to introduce.
Some things really ARE to good to be true!