My garden is experiencing all kinds of strange things this year. For most, but not all, it seems about the opposite of what you describe.
<<Didn't bloom at all and some, the color of the flower even looks different.>>
In a couple of cases the blooms have been larger and not as pretty.
In the seedlings, I'm seeing more stable, often taller, stalks with great branching and bud count! It has been wonderful!
My only regret it that it isn't like this every year.
Seedling 1906-03--this one is showing off but the blooms are smaller than usual.
Bridge in Time Irises
KY Zone 6
From: AIS Janet Smith <email@example.com>
To: iris-photos <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Wed, May 4, 2011 8:48 pm
Subject: [iris-photos] Seedlings and the bad weather years.
A question to you who hybridize. As we have been stating and reading about the difficult weather and bloom throughout this country it has occurred to me to ask. When a new seedling opens in a weather year like this one, does one add another couple of years before deciding to introduce it just to make sure it is consistant?
I know in Central California my friends are saying their blooms are very strange. Lots of leaf spot, bent staulks, deformed flowers, too short for talls, too small for medians etc. Didn't bloom at all and some, the color of the flower even looks different.
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