Sent: Thursday, March 04, 2004 6:45
Subject: [iris-photos] CULT:
I'm sure glad people speak up and say "it just
melts away" or "I've had it three years and one...[less than decent]
I know these aren't quotes--but I'm really glad
to see remarks like these, especially from folks who are good,
knowledgable growers and caretakers. Always before, when an iris
didn't do well for me, I was assuming there was something wrong with
*me.* It never occured to me that maybe the variety itself was
mal-adapted to my climate, or didn't have the innerds and muscles to compete
with aphids and moles, let alone excess rain or none at all, or whatever else
it ran into. Or just melted away for no reason at all. This is
year three for DYNAMITE, and in that time I've had one stalk that tried to
bloom but froze, and one increase. That one went to middle TN to see if
Abby could grow it better. Mine just sits there. One fan. No
bloom. No increase.
Some old diploids, Blue Rhythm and Wabash
seem to thrive everywhere. Why many others aren't like them says
something about the way we go about selecting things to name and introduce,
let alone to what we vote top awards. We all agree these need to
change. They don't.
I've been hearing this same complaint for
over fifty years. There've been miffy
performers ever since I first remember. Then there were some that
grew like pigweed everywhere I've been. I
think I can safely assume it wasn't *my* growing, it was the iris, AM or DM or
About half my new seedlings last year died during
the deluge from just plain rotting off at ground level. Linda Mann tells
me the weather did me a favor--it weeded out the weak ones before I saw them
bloom. I sure hope she's right. The ones left are a tattered
remnant of my hope. It's a short distance to the compost pile if they
fall short now.
I think I'll make some crosses this year from
Blue Rhythm. I've been threatening to do this for several years and just
never followed through.
Fifty years from now my grandchildren are going
to be looking at FOGBOUND growing in some corner and thinking the same
thing. "This year, I'm gonna make some crosses from Foggy." But
they won't. They'll use the latest fat and sassy ones that are being
introduced at $250 each and think they're worth it. I suppose they will
be. At least if they survive to bloom.
Neil Mogensen z 7 western NC in the world's
second worst climate for TB's (Linda Mann has number one).
Boy! Did I ever get up on the wrong side of the
bed. Maybe I better go back and try it again. At least this time
I've got the coffee hot.....beautiful photos, Bill. More!
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