Congrats on the rain & the seedling!
Zone 6 KY
From: Donald Eaves <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: iris-photos <email@example.com>
Sent: Mon, Jan 9, 2012 3:28 pm
Subject: [iris-photos] AB: arilbred seedling
It's raining. So nice to see puddles and trickles! Maybe 2012 will
to an improvement weatherwise over 2011. Still a long way from
the drought, though.
Last year was so poor for bloom, I didn't get to see many new things.
one was the most interesting to me. It's one I call a 'derivative'.
my term for those that have a parent with a set of unbalanced
In this case the pod parent is Ashleigh Nicole (TB) X Kiosk (AB).
Unfortunately there are four choices for the pollen parent. That was
result of a collision of my theories and reality. The theory is that if
everything is perfect many of these plants can produce viable seeds.
growing this plant for many years it never hinted at setting a pod so
reality was that I didn't believe it ever would. The theory kept me
pollen on the blooms as I walked by, and dutifully recording what I'd
but I didn't believe it would happen. So the theory kept me daubing,
past experience told me it was useless so I didn't stick to my usual
of using pollen from one plant. But the conditions were right and I got
pods and one pod germinated three plants. That was the first time I'd
had that many siblings from such a cross. Only this one bloomed. Once
belief in the pod parent was restored, I did better and now have a
seedling using Babylonian Fires as the pollen parent.
Hoping for a great New Year for everyone.
Texas Zone 7b, USA