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Re: TB: Rare Treat (Griff)

  • Subject: Re: [iris-photos] TB: Rare Treat (Griff)
  • From: "J. Griffin Crump" jgcrump@erols.com
  • Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2003 13:03:12 -0500

Margie and Bonnie --  Noting Chris' experience with RT, I thought I should add my own.  There are some cultivars which, while beautiful, do well in some places and not in others.  (I live near the tidal Potomac south of Washington, DC.) The only way we find this out is by comparing notes.  A fault -- even a major fault -- doesn't necessarily outweigh a flower's other attributes, as far as I am concerned.  Witness VICTORIA FALLS.  Or, take BEST BET, for example.  It is notorious for dying out after 2 or 3 years, and I have heard respected irisarians say they would never use it in hybridizing for that reason.  However, it is a beautiful and distinctive flower, and I have used it to produce first and second-generation seedlings that are perfectly hardy (even though I have long since lost BEST BET, itself).  I wish I could have done the same with RARE TREAT, but 'twasn't to be.  --  Griff
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, October 26, 2003 11:03 PM
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] TB: Rare Treat (Griff)

Where do you live Griff?  Maybe Rare Treat loves the heat, desert climates and the Southwest.
Margie V.
Oro Valley, AZ.
Zone 8/9
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, October 26, 2003 8:42 AM
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] TB: Rare Treat

I found RT rare, indeed.  During the 8-9 years that I had it, it was hard to
keep alive.  I moved it twice, and only recall it blooming once.  When I
revamped its bed this summer, I tossed it.  --  Griff

----- Original Message -----
From: "Christopher Darlington" <chris.darlington@sympatico.ca>
To: <iris-photos@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Sunday, October 26, 2003 9:07 AM
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] TB: Rare Treat

> Hey Margie,
> Very nice !  I have RT and consider it to be the worst or the worst
> here.  I bought it because it's beautiful, but it sure doesn't grow like
> this here.  I'll give it one more channe, then it's outta here.
> As for your seedling, I like it.  My first thoughts were to cross it
> with GAMBLER to try to saturate the colors a little bit.  GAMBLER also
> has great PBF and is a fine grower here North of Montreal.
> Chris

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