Betty, the several photos from the 1812 cross have
been fun to see, especially to see a series from a single cross is not often
published. We've not often had this kind of sequence on Iris-photos.
IMHO this is something we could do more often--it's an education, and besides,
Something that has struck me on several of the
seedlings is that the patterns around the beard are typical of
outcrosses from plicatas with selfs that have plicata potential. I
suppose the ones that display the pattern would be the three-dose level sort,
although that's an opinion so flimsy or thin the wind would blow
it away rather easily.
I wonder if there is rebloom potential in SPICE
LORD? After seeing Robin Shadlow's photos of some Keppel seedlings
involving SL the obvious thought crossed my mind that this family of seedlings
suggests it might be quite interesting to cross SPICE LORD or one of its
parents with some of the fuller-bodied seedlings from the 1812
SPICE LORD may not be productive of the colors you
are after *plus* rebloom, but the Keppel seedlings suggest it is a quality
The reason I'm pursuing this thought is that the
Gibson plicatas are likely present more than just a little in the
ancestry. I haven't even begun to check that out, but it's a fair
guess. The Gibson plicatas, several of which did rebloom, are present in
most yellow-ground plicata lines. In fact, they occur in pedigrees so
frequently they're hard to avoid.
I'm just muddling and musing about the questions
you raised about getting to your objective with this cross.
It will be fun to watch this line as it evolves
under your hand. I hope you will show us some of the next generation as
they come into bloom!
Neil Mogensen z 7 western NC
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