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Re: AB: sdlg

  • Subject: Re: AB: sdlg
  • From: "Francesca Thoolen" <arilpums@comcast.net>
  • Date: Sat, 29 Mar 2008 13:58:42 -0700

Never say "never" Griff. There may come a time where you may be able to do it. We have an acre of what was sunny land about 50 years ago. So we had a greenhouse installed for my breeding program. We had 4 sunny terraces where I grew arilbreds. Now 50 years later the trees have grown and are tall and resplendent but cast shade where arilbred irises do not like to "tread". The greenhouse is barely making it. Fortunately it is about 20 x 30 ft in size and it still receives enough sun for them to bloom and more or less thrive. There is also a strip about 2 feet deep and about 30 ft long just outside the greenhouse and so I rotate the ABs to revitalize them alternately. It works. I am 86 by now and so welcome the less strenuous gardening in the greenhouse. Although my husband helps very willingly when I ask him, he is not a gardener in the hobby sense of the way, as much as he tries to my bidding but he just does not have it in him. I just transplanted some 50 seedlings which germinated early this spring and I made the soil preparation myself pot by pot and enjoyed every minute of it. I am glad I can still do this. It gives one much satisfaction to be able to be independent. I love the TBs also, I started with them in 1964 but in due time the arils won me over. Have fun.
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Subject: Re: [iris-photos] AB: sdlg

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Sent: Saturday, March 29, 2008 10:57 AM
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] AB: sdlg

Good morning Griff, Probably one reason you had no luck with Jewel of Omar is that you started with the more difficult ones to work with in arilbreds.
   The story of my life, Francesca!  As you can tell from the pedigrees of many of my registrations and introductions, I began by concentrating on recessive amoenas.  I soon learned what I was letting myself in for there, but I was unaware that OBs were in a similar category of difficulty.  I thank you for the very encouraging information, but, given the reality of space limitations, I'll probably not be branching out at this point.  --  Griff 
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