This picture was taken looking down at
this seedling. To do a better
evaluation, I would like to see a picture from the side of the blossom. I like the colors. I don’t know Oretta’s
Shadow, but I see the Romantic Evening influence in it so I wouldn’t
doubt its parentage. It has wide
open standards, which are acceptable, but which I personally don’t like.
The white streak may be a one time
mutation. They are rather
common. Watch and see if it appears
on any of the other blossoms. If it
does not, then it is just a mutation on that one flower. Always keep interesting seedlings until
you decide you need the room for something better. It may be better next year; it may be
worse. Part of the fun is in second
Francelle Edwards Glendale, AZ Zone 9
Behalf Of mahlberg s
Sent: Wednesday, May 31, 2006 2:30
Subject: [iris-photos] HYB: TB
sdlg Oretta's Shadow x Romantic Evening
I would appreciate input from anyone who cares to comment about this flower.
Be honest and "pick on the faults". I'm learning as i go on, as we
all are, and any input is helpful and deeply appreciated. I won't be offended
I am a bit anxious, so I'm posting this pic of my new baby just a little before
she opens fully.
It's not quite fully opened here, but is very close.
The plant is about 31.5" in height.
The cross is allegedly Oretta's Shadow x Romantic Evening.
I acquired these seeds from another party, and that is the claim for this
I like the color, yeah, yeah, another purple.. but I like the velevety black
The yellow beards are kind of nice too.
Not sure about keeping this one, the form doesn't seem to be anything special,
small number of branches and buds.
I am not sure how different things may be in future years as this is it's
maiden bloom. I will hang on to her for at least a couple of seasons to see
I have a question about this flower for other hybridizers.
See the fall on the bottom of the pic? It appears to be split in half by a nice
white line. Not sure how many, if anyone, has ever encountered something like
this before? I don't think it's broken color pattern, it looks like a defect on
the back of the flower, as well, that reaches to the ovary on that fall. I am
not sure if it's a genetic or environmental defect. Perhaps it's
something to do with the broken color pattern, I don't know nearly enough about
iris genetics to fathom an uneducated guess.
I have one more seedling, which looks much darker peeking past the spathes.
I will post more pics as the other seedling opens.
I can also post a few other shots of this seedling if anyone wants to see them.
Thanks for looking.
steve m. zone 4b northeast minnesota
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