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Re: Margie - TB: Grand Canyon Gold - 4-4-4 Factor (2 photos)

  • Subject: Re: Margie - TB: Grand Canyon Gold - 4-4-4 Factor (2 photos)
  • From: "Margie Valenzuela" <IrisLady@comcast.net>
  • Date: Thu, 3 May 2007 16:32:37 -0700

Hi Sandra, good to hear from you.  It's been a while.  I have tested this one in 2 other cities, and others are currently in other states. (Some region gardens, as well as some in the AIS Texas gardens.)  I haven't heard back from the display gardens - but the other growers have experienced the 4-4-4 pattern too.  Some - - the first year and each year after as I did, and another not until it's 2nd year. (Note:  we are talking about the terminal bud.) 
IMPORTANT NOTE: ** I have self crossed GRAND CANYON GOLD and currently now have another 4-4-4!!  This year was it's maiden bloom.  Not as pretty as GCG, but I'm hoping that may change some by next year.  The 4-4-4 was among 18 germinated siblings. I'd say that is pretty good odds. :-)
Full House (5-5-5), and Season Ticket (4-4-4) are 2 other varieties that have this consistent 4-4-4 and/ or 5-5-5 factor.  Full House has the 5-5-5 on a more regular basis. Season Ticket is consistent with it's 4-4-4, but will also sport the balanced 5-5-5 as the picture I posted a few days ago shows.
None of these Novelty type irises I mentioned above - (including my own) produce these blooms 100% of the time on every stalk................ but they do at a high percentage of the time. (As the one photo I displayed a couple of days ago showed.) 
2nd and 3rd year clumps seem to be loaded with 4-4-4 terminal blooms.
There is another iris hybridizer in Virginia, Pat, who has contacted me because she too has a purple TB iris that exhibits the 4-4-4 factor year after year as GRAND CANYON GOLD does.  So I believe this genetic trait is beginning to show up in TB's.
I realize and have had the "weather related" type of an occasional multi-petaled iris.  But, those are not consistent year after year. Most are not even equally balanced.  I believe the key word here is consistent.........year after year on most of the stalks.
~ Margie V.
Oro Valley, AZ.
----- Original Message -----
From: SandraB
Sent: Thursday, May 03, 2007 2:07 PM
Subject: [iris-photos] Margie - TB: Grand Canyon Gold - 4-4-4 Factor (2 photos)

Hi Margie
Have you tested this any where else, if so does it still display 4 falls there ?   I always understood
this was weather related, although some irises do tend to be predisposed to doing this with cold
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, May 02, 2007 10:00 AM
Subject: [iris-photos] TB: Grand Canyon Gold - 4-4-4 Factor (2 photos)

GRAND CANYON GOLD is the first Tall Bearded iris Introduced with the 4-4-4 factor. (that I am aware of). I am introducing it for the first time this year through Nola's Iris Garden. It too is genetic, not weather related.  Year after year it has displayed these qualities for me.  It occurs in the terminal bud about 75 - 80 and/or 90% of the time. It makes for a very well rounded and somewhat larger flower - taking irises to a new level.
First photo is taken from above - - showing part of a 2 years growth of GCG  ....................notice all the 4-4-4 irises. 
Below is a close-up of GRAND CANYON GOLD.
Grand Canyon Gold - A Novelty Iris - Terminal bud has the 4-4-4 factor and is perfectly balanced. The top bud only will bloom with the 4-4-4 factor and is consistent on 75-80% of all stalks. M,L.  35" tall.   9-11 buds. Nicely ruffled and a vigorous grower!  Nice branching & unusual coloring too. Note: the warmer the temps get - - the deeper the lavender wash becomes on it's falls as it opens! The cooler the temps are - the falls will likely resemble the standards in it's coloring.  Seedling # SHFOF 02-1.  (Sapphire Hills x Pencil Sketch) x Flights of Fancy.
~ Margie V.
Oro Valley, AZ.

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