Many thanks, one and all, for your favorable comments. I am seriously
thinking of introducing this IB in 2009. This is another fertile
seedling with aphylla in it's background. Strictly tetraploid breeding
which means it probably will be fertile with any other bearded iris.
We have so many outstanding seedlings now out of mixed chromosome
crosses using our aphylla based iris that are fertile !!! So far we
are getting unique colors and great vigor from many of the crosses.
If any of you are interested in the 'smaller' iris. Try some aphylla
based iris. Paul Black, who is noted in the median field, has been
working with aphylla based iris for several years and is getting some
very interesting results. There are many other hybridizers who are
starting to work with these non TB iris.
I realize that the great big TB's are super eye catchers and the most
popular bearded iris, but these little guys extend the bloom season and
they attract many onlookers earlier in the season. I love 'em all !
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Tuesday, July 10, 2007 9:34 AM
[iris-photos] Just opened this morning
Here is a picture of our seedling AH48L14 which
bloomed in early May. This is what I would call a periodic bloomer and
we have only one stalk out of 16 rhizomes planted last summer. This May
all 16 bloomed. A side rhizome matured and put up a stalk. This is an
IB and the color is a little more pronounced than this pic shows. Even
though I have taken the photo shortly after 7 am, the sun is extremely
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