Griff, you are absolutely
This is complete madness!!!
More than 500 pods, and they seem to germinate at
a rate of 15 a day now, 75 pots already have sprouting tiny yellow-green
But i've solved the problem of
Since last year, some health problems appeared,
both with me and Jan, so we' ve decided to keep the garden small (it'
already one acre! ) and not buy an extra field for the irises,
outside the village.
So, now the aim is at downsizing, and the motto is
If i don't focus, my REAL problem would be
How in the world can one maintain and
properly nurture 10 000 seedlings, i wonder!
Considering it happening every year, it could be a
mob of 40 000 iris crying for attention after 4 years !!!
I can't spend ALL my time weeding
To which i must add keeping track of the parents
on labels properly put, with a back-up on paper of each bed, for the case
the dog takes a fancy at pulling them out....
So, even if this year, i gave them all a
chance to show their will to live... (good for statistics ) i will have to
make drastic decisions when it's time to replant :
Since i'm interested in median rebloomers, only
the REB X REB and REB X REB-Carriers should be allowed, and
maybe some promissing REB X Non-REB .
And for the median part of the plan, eliminate the
crosses TB X TB, since so many people are already busy with
All that should bring the figures
And this spring, slow down on speading pollen
around...look at the sky from time to time, or i will
turn into the hunched-back of Notre Holland!
I won't go back to France.
i love the closeness of the Dutch, their
sense of belonging, their lack of self indulgence, and their
In Holland, each person willingly pays a special
tax of 300$ per capita, only used to fix the dams, dikes, lakes, pumps,
It's a country artificially
maintained above water, and it works thanks to the self dicipline of it's
The French are ( for the most part
)individualists, chauvinistic, totaly self indulgent and take too much
everything for granted.
They (we) had it too easy i guess, in a country
blessed by the gods.
Anyway, i might decide to stop with
With the heavy rain we're having, the clay soil we
have looks more appropiate for planting rice, and with such a warm winter, we
might even manage two crops a year... do you know what colour rice
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, March 03, 2007 12:30
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] IB-RASPBERRY
Loic -- Are you planning on moving
back to France? I don't see how a small country like Holland will have
room for all of your seedlings. -- Griff
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Subject: [iris-photos] IB-RASPBERRY
I love this one, even if the shape is totally
(M. Hamblen, R. 1975),
Sdlg. M70-22C. IB, 20" (51 cm), M-L
"S. raspberry-pink; F. raspberry
on upper half, raspberry-pink on lower half; raspberry beard.
Pretty Karen sib X Dove Wings.
Mission Bell 1976 HM 1977, AM 1981, Sass 1981."
Not as strong but as difficult to pollinate
as it's half sibling RADIANT LOVE, still got 29 seeds with PLUM-PLUM's
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