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  • Subject: RE: [iris-photos] TB: VERY RED
  • From: "FRANCELLE EDWARDS" fjmjedwards@worldnet.att.net
  • Date: Thu, 12 Jun 2003 22:23:24 -0700
  • Importance: Normal

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 Edwards    Glendale,  AZ   Zone 9 


-----Original Message-----
From: Pat Mitchell [mailto:corgilover@wi.rr.com]
Thursday, June 12, 2003 1:19 PM
To: iris-photos@yahoogroups.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
zone 5 -

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