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Feb 21, 2003 - Welcome
Tim Loe reported, "You will be pleased to know that I managed to get to The Royal Hort Soc. Westminster Halls on Tuesday and showed two of your plants. 92-CS-3 & 89-F-4 to the RHS joint Iris Committee. Both were highly regarded and were awarded "A certificate of Preliminary Commendation" (subject to ratification). I'll let you know more soon but I think that this means you will have to name the plants and register them for the award to be ratified."

92-CS-3 is a histrioides x winogradowii hybrid which has done well here. I don't regard it as stunning, but it is nice and increases quite well. It started testing in Holland last fall.

89-F-4 is an F1 sophenensis x danfordiae (sxd) hybrid. It, like all of the F1s, is a blue. Although the blues would have limited interest given the others in the market, I think a couple should be introduced.

I had given Tim bulbs of 4 different hybrids for showing last Fall. They were ones that I had at least 6 bloom-size bulbs that I could spare. This fall I expect to send him bulbs of 94-HW-1. It should cause a lot of interest!


John Dixon E-mailed, "I am pleased to say that I managed to show three of your sxd hybrids, (89-F-2, 89-Q-5, 91-FC-4), along with 87-BN-1 at the South Wales Show on 15th February. Robert Rolfe and I had shared the bulbs you sent to try and make sure that at least one of us had something in flower. I think Robert's plants might have been over before the show, mine started opening quite early but then we had a spell of very cold (for us, you'd probably laugh at -6° celsius) weather which stopped everything. On the Tuesday before the show I decided to bring anything in bud into the house and luckily those above made it to the show!

Bob and Rannveig Wallis, the show secretaries and bulb growers of some note (understatement) had a non-competitive bench which allowed me to show these, (because I have had them less than 6 months they couldn't go onto the competitive show), along with a few explanatory notes. I directed anyone interested towards your website and forthcoming article in the AGS Bulletin. There seemed to be a fair bit of interest, so it will be interesting to see if anyone contacts you as a result.

On the plants themselves, I find the sxd hybrids fascinating - although it's been a long time since I grew I. sophenensis it is interesting seeing what has been contributed from both parents. I particularly like the boldness of 89-F-2, and the delicacy of 89-Q-5. Your hybrid 87-BN-1 also drew much favourable comment - I see from your website this is being trialled in Holland and I look forward to seeing it in garden centres in a few years time!"



OriginalApril 21, 2002
The Relics finished about 4 days ago


OriginalApril 22, 2002
Hey, where'd the snow come from?

Some Of 2002's Great New Hybrids

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OriginalTiger
97-AG-6

91-FC-1 x danfordiae ANMc2325


Original97-CA-1
danfordiae ANMc2325 x 91-FC-1


OriginalStorm
98-NP-2

91-FC-7 x 88-AX-3


Original96-CD-1
89-Q-9 x 87-DP-2 [likely danfordiae]


Original96-BN-3
89-AC-6 x danfordiae Atilla


Original96-CN-2
histrio ssp histrio x {self & danfordiae}

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OriginalApril 22, 2002
Some of the F1 sxd x mcmurtriei hybrids


OriginalSea Green
97-CQ-1

89-F-4 x 89-F-3


Original98-NP-1
91-FC-7 x 88-AX-3


Original97-VS-1
88-AX-3 x {danfordiae & 89-Q-3}


OriginalDown To Earth
94-AT-2

89-Q-4 x 89-AC-4