A few years ago I had a big clump of Lady Friend.One evening I saw it glowing red in the
light of an Arizona sunset. I have never seen a redder flower than
that one looked at that time.I ran
in, got my camera, and took the picture wondering as I did if the camera could
capture than intense red, or if it was just an illusion. The camera got it alright, just as I saw
it. I have never posted it, because
it looks like a fake. No iris was
ever that red, but in regard to this thread, I just might get it, scan it and
send it. Then we will all know what
a true red iris would look like if they ever get such a thing.
Francelle EdwardsGlendale,AZZone 9
-----Original Message----- From: Pat Mitchell
[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent:Thursday, June 12, 2003 To: email@example.com Subject: [iris-photos] hybridizing
a VERY RED
nmogens wrote: . . . I'd love to see a true
red iris. There's a simple > way to get one---just use DNA transfer
techniques of those segments-- > or that segment--of the chromosome(s)
involved in producing the true > red color in some other irid--gladiolus,
montbrecia and such.
I'll just get right on that . . . .
Seriously though - I understand the complexities
of hybridization. I remember my old genetics professor talking about
being careful what you wish for - he used the example of crossing
radishes and cabbage (trying to get edible roots and edible tops on the
same plant). What they got was radish tops and cabbage roots. . . .
I can wait for a fire-engine-primary-in-your-face-drop-dead-gorgeous-red
in an iris.
I've waited this long, what's a few more years??? -- Pat Mitchell firstname.lastname@example.org zone 5 - SEWI