Hybridizing Journal

On this page, you'll see a record of my hybridizing activities and plans for future work. For earlier journal entries, see the
archives.

2018 Crosses

cross

pod parent

pollen parent

pollinations

pods

seeds

Q046

Sudden Butterflies

Tadzhiki Bandit

4

0

Q061

P002-07

Dunshanbe

4

0

Q062

I. pumila Moravia

Dunshanbe

3

0

Q063

Little Drummer Boy

Werckmeister's Beauty

2

0

P055

P011-02

Keystone Oracle

4

2

39

Q064

P018-02

Dunshanbe

7

0

Q065

P002-14

Tadzhiki Bandit

6

0

Q037

Royal Wonder

Tadzhiki Bandit

3

0

S038

Raspberry Ice

S019-01

3

0

T079

T009-02

T009-03

5

0

T080

I. reichenbachii OB

T009-02

4

0

S039

S019-01

Miniseries

1

1

38

S040

S004-01

Miniseries

4

1

2

S034

Abuzz with Charm

Vardar Gorge

5

3

46

S041

Wine Dark Sea

Abuzz with Charm

2

0

Q066

Tadzhiki Bandit

P018-02

11

8

84

Q067

Merlin's Magic

P002-14

2

1

11

Q068

Dunshanbe

Wild Whispers

16

14

189

B040

Network

T013-01

20

12

62

S042

Heart Stopper

S006-01

9

0

A028

I. paradoxa

Dunshanbe

4

2

2

Q069

Ballalaika Music

Sudden Butterflies

1

1

3

B041

Werckmeister's Beauty

I. reichenbachii OB

2

1

10

S043

I. reichenbachii OB

P011-02

2

0

S044

Circa

S004-01

1

1

22

S045

Raspberry Ice

S004-01

6

0

T081

Night Mood

Vardar Gorge

3

0

Q070

Vera

Royal Wonder

8

6

51

T082

Night Mood

Wine Dark Sea

4

0

Q071

BP002-01

Aladdin's Gem

6

3

0

Q072

BP002-02

Topaz Talisman

2

0

B042

Night Mood

Network

20

7

40

B043

New Vision

B015-02

1

1

55

B044

Shaman's Magic

B015-02

3

0

B045

Dragon's Eye

B015-04

1

0

B046

B015-01

Anacrusis

3

0

T082

Absolute Treasure

I. reichenbachii OB

7

4

60

T083

Temporal Anomaly

T009-02

7

1

0

S046

Venus Blush

P011-02

5

2

18

T084

First in Line

T009-01

2

0

B047

First in Line

Tadzhiki Bandit

2

0

2018 Seedlings of Interest

The pumila seedling P011-02 (Iris pumila "clausii" X I. pumila aequiloba) continues to show its nice rounded form and pleasing color. It is emerging as one of my most satisfying pumilas each spring.

Pumila seedling P022-04 (Wild Whispers X I. pumila from Wild Ginger Farm) made an impression with its dramatic multicolored beard and pronounced fragrance

2017 Crosses

There was no seedling bloom this spring, thanks to the great grasshopper attack two years ago. However, I lined out about 200 new seedlings this spring, and got a number of crosses made, despite poor bloom on the medians this year.

cross

pod parent

pollen parent

pollinations

pods

seeds

Q046

Sudden Butterflies

Tadzhiki Bandit

13

0

Q047

04A004

Vera

1

0

Q048

P018-02

Werckmeister's Beauty

4

0

Q049

P011-02

Merlin's Magic

2

0

Q050

P002-14

Werckmeister's Beauty

2

0

S034

T009-03

P002-14

3

0

Q051

Royal Wonder

Vera

5

0

Q052

Wild Whispers

Merlin's Magic

3

0

P053

Little Drummer Boy

Sudden Butterflies

12

6

95

S034

Abuzz with Charm

Iris sp. aff. reichenbachii ex Vardar Gorge

3

0

S035

Abuzz with Charm

S006-01

5

0

S026

I. reichenbachii OB

Royal Wonder

19

10

115

Q053

Tadzhiki Bandit

Sudden Butterflies

9

3

11

Q054

i. hoogiana purpurea

Royal Wonder

3

0

Q055

I. hoogiana Purple Dawn

I. pumila taurica WA

2

0

Q056

Tadzhiki Eclipse

P011-02

5

3

9

Q057

Werckmeister's Beauty

Little Drummer Boy

11

6

28

B035

Dunshanbe

I. reichenbachii OB

23

21

173

Q058

Ballalaika Music

I. pumila taurica WA

11

1

0

B036

Ballalaika Music

I. reichenbachii OB

1

0

Q059

Chocolate

P018-02

14

1

9

A027

I. paradoxa

Dunshanbe

5

0

S028

Eye of the Tiger

S006-01

1

1

18

T070

Night Mood

T009-03

5

3

30

T071

Night Mood

T013-01

4

2

21

B037

Vera

Ahlburg

1

0

T072

Night Mood

T008-01

4

0

Q060

Vera

Wild Whispers

8

0

t033

Hot News

T009-03

6

1

4

t034

Hot News

T013-01

6

1

0

t035

Hot News

T008-01

4

0

T073

East Hampton

I. reichenbachii OB

4

1

0

S036

Cotillion Ball

Sudden Butterflies

1

0

B038

Sultry Dreams

Tadzhiki Eclipse

4

0

B039

Brown Lasso

Vera

5

0

T074

Brown Lasso

I. reichenbachii OB

5

3

39

T075

T013-01

I. reichenbachii OB

6

0

T076

T013-01

?

1

14

T077

Wine Dark Sea

?

2

30

2016 Crosses

cross

pod parent

pollen parent

pollinations

pods

seeds

Q036

I. pumila WG

Chocolate

3

0

Q037

Royal Wonder

Tadzhiki Bandit

3

1

14

Q038

Wild Whispers

Werckmeister's Beauty

4

3

30

Q039

Little Drummer Boy

Vera

1

1

1

S012

Dollop of Cream

Iris sp. aff. reichenbachii ex Vardar Gorge

1

0

S013

Iris sp. aff. reichenbachii ex Vardar Gorge

Dollop of Cream

6

2

20

S026

I. reichenbachii OB

Royal Wonder

6

1

15

Q040

Merlin's Magic

Royal Wonder

35

17

135

A026

I. paradoxa atrata

Merlin's Magic

1

0

B029

I. reichenbachii OB

Merlin's Magic

15

0

B030

Tadzhiki Bandit

I. reichenbachii OB

18

11

26

Q041

Werckmeister's Beauty

I. pumila P002-13

8

5

8

S027

Kaching

I. subbiflora S004-01

6

4

113

B022

Ahlburg

Merlin's Magic

38

0

Q042

Dunshanbe

Royal Wonder

2

2

5

T059

Saucy

I. reichenbachii OB

11

8

155

B031

Slick

Tadzhiki Bandit

15

0

S028

Eye of the Tiger

S006-01

2

2

46

Q043

Ballalaika Music

I. pumila P011-02

1

1

0

Q044

Network

Little Drummer Boy

2

1

12

B014

Night Mood

Werckmeister's Beauty

40

1

7

B032

Chocolate

I. junonia T011-01

6

0

T060

Night Mood

I. reichenbachii T009-02

4

1

9

T061

Date With Destiny

I. junonia T011-01

8

0

B033

Tic Tac Toe

Chocolate

10

0

S029

Tic Tac Toe

Wild Whispers

3

3

27

T062

Tic Tac Toe

I. reichenbachii OB

3

2

14

S030

Bundle of Love

I. pumila P002-13

6

1

8

Q044

Vera

I. pumila P011-01

3

0

B034

Sultry Dreams

Vera

4

0

P054

I. pumila P002-13

unknown

70

2016 Seedlings of Interest

The curious orange pumila P011-01 bloomed in more pedestrian yellow and brown tones this spring, without the pronounced spidery form. A sister seedling actually has a more refined look and will be kept for future work. It was a good year for seedlings of various species: I. subbiflora, I. taochia (questionable), I. reichenbachii, and I. junonia. I was pleased to bloom a seedling from I. aphylla X I. pumila, which although not extraordinary in itself will be used for PPTT MDBs.

BP002-03

This is a sibling to the two arilbred dwarfs that I enjoyed last year, from 'Aztec Prince' X I. pumila "clausii". I think this is the best of the three, with more aril patterning on the falls, almost a miniature of its pod parent. A definite keeper!

S007-03

This resulted from one of my "learning" crosses: 'Points West' (horned TB plicata) X I. pumila "clausii". A violet sibling that bloomed last year was pretty awful and summarily discarded, but this one is more pleasing and even sports tiny, needle-like white horns. It's really too big and coarse for the SDB class, and has only one bud on most stems, so I've decided not to keep it around, although it was an interesting learning experience.

SB001-01

This is from another of my "learning" crosses. The classic cross for arilbred medians is SDB X CGW (amphidiploid arilbred), in this case 'Bluebeard's Ghost' X 'Noble Warrior'. Without any definite veining or signal, it's unlikely to attract attention among arilbred fanciers. However, I appreciate its simplicity and form. I'm keeping it around as a garden plant, for awhile at least.

 

Tom Waters

September 2010

Updated October 2018

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