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HYB: seedling R 62-5

  • Subject: [PHOTO] [iris-photos] HYB: seedling R 62-5
  • From: "Neil A Mogensen" neilm@charter.net
  • Date: Sun, 22 May 2005 16:42:01 -0400

Here's one to make up for the last.  This just began blooming today.  R 62-5
is from Enchanted April X Lotus Land.

I thought the preponderance of Hamblen bloodlines behind Larry Lauer's
ENCHANTED APRIL, part of which comes by way of Gaulter's work, would be
interesting to cross with LOTUS LAND.

The only place the two ancestries cross bloodlines is with Nathan Rudolph's
PINK SLEIGH, quite strongly present in the ancestry of the Kepple-Gatty and
Ghio bloodlines in LOTUS LAND, the only connection until one reaches back to
the earliest of pink breeding with Hall, Loomis and Fay's work where all
tangerine bearded lines except for a few from Greg Lapham converge.

One problem with tangerine-bearded breeding is the tendency for close
inbreeding to become a problem in a number of respects, with deficits in
disease resistance, rugged resiliance and fertility beginning to accumulate.

One of the strategies that has worked well in the past is for strong
outcrosses to be made to other lines of breeding, mainly the blues and
whites.  This has occurred a number of times, Keith Keppel, Joe Ghio and
Barry Blyth being responsible for much of the recent work along these lines.
In the past, Nathan Rudolph followed through with cross-types begun by
Orville Fay with the incorporation of *pallida* and the strongly *pallida*
derived SNOW FLURRY and NEW SNOW into pink lines.

Melba Hamblen represents an independent branch of the tree with GREAT LAKES
and HELEN MCGREGOR crossed with Hall pinks, to which she added some
Muhlestein pinks, particularly JUNE'S SISTER, then inbred.

All the lines eventually incorporated healthy doses of Paul Cook's
PROGENITOR-based bicolors, further incorporating blue and white ancestry
into modern pink lines.

By crossing ENCHANTED APRIL with LOTUS LAND, and similarly Cayeaux's
AMBROISIE, the ancestry of which is also strongly based on Hamblen work,
with LOTUS LAND, I hoped to take advantage of these rather distinct lines of
development represented by these parents by combining them.

R-62-5 is one of the results.  My wife rather likes it.  "Rather?"  she
exclaims.  "I love it!"

Neil Mogensen  z 7  Reg 4  western NC mountains

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