Favorite Red Irises on the AIS blog today

hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)December 17, 2012

Hi all,
I finally finished the post on red irises. There are beautiful photos from our own Gottagarden and many others. Thanks to all who chimed in with opinions or who gave me the use of their lovely photos.

Here is a link that might be useful: AIS World of Irises Blog

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Beautiful as always, Renee. I know that hemerocallis hybridizers have been busy trying to get a true red daylily--red as in Sanny Claus red, not rust or claret. And they're pretty much there. Anyone working on that in the iris family? My guess is that it might be more difficult for irises, but from a botanical standpoint I couldn't tell you why exactly.


    Bookmark   December 18, 2012 at 11:54AM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

Yes, I love my 'Dixie Land Band' red daylily- it's red!
Yes, they are working on it, but there are no red pigments in irises. Here's a link to an article that explains what they are trying to accomplish.

Here is a link that might be useful: The Hunt for the Red Iris Continues

    Bookmark   December 18, 2012 at 2:04PM
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Thanks for the NYT article, Renee, but I had to laugh at the underlying principle of it all--human folly. Ain't it always the way with homo sapiens? Roses bloom red effortlessly, yet we struggle to breed a blue one. Irises bloom bluer than blue, but that's not good enough--we drive ourselves batty trying to make a red one. Sheesh!!


    Bookmark   December 18, 2012 at 4:20PM
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