Irises forum: Diamond Dust

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Name: Patty
Washington State (Zone 8b)
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Patty
Jan 22, 2014 1:15 PM CST
A decade or so ago someone gave me several varieties of iris that had been bred for their diamond dust and they were stunning!! I would think this would be a trait worth going after but I never hear about it. Is there a reason it's not being used more? Are there one or two iris that are famous for their diamond dust?
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Name: Lucy
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irisarian
Jan 22, 2014 2:10 PM CST
The trait appears on quite a few white irises. It is a function of the top petal layer.
Name: Patty
Washington State (Zone 8b)
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Patty
Jan 22, 2014 7:30 PM CST
Is it a hard trait to capture? Or is the interest not there? I would think it would add pizazz to any flower!
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Name: Mary Ann
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Muddymitts
Jan 22, 2014 8:30 PM CST
It's a magical component of many Irises, Patty. I have some wonderful photos taken the year before last that shows diamond dusting on a variety of mine. Didn't even know about such a thing til it showed up in my pictures. I'll try to find time to post a few here in a day or two.
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Name: Debra
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lovemyhouse
Jan 22, 2014 8:39 PM CST
Think these two are dusted. Or maybe just dusty, but they have at least a little sparkle, anyway.

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Name: Mary Ann
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Muddymitts
Jan 22, 2014 8:48 PM CST
They sure are, Debra -- beautiful!!

Patty -- go to my thread from today about Irises in my 2013 garden. On the first page, there are photos of *Magical* and *Black Magic Woman*. If you enlarge those, you'll see diamond dusting on both the standards and falls of Magical, and on the dark standards of BMW.

If the Iris has diamond dusting, and you photograph it in the sun, that's when you'll see it!
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Name: Patty
Washington State (Zone 8b)
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Patty
Jan 22, 2014 11:29 PM CST
I see it on all of them Smiling so... Is this a trait that just crops up, or is it one you have to try to cross for? If you kept crossing for it would it possibly get thicker? It seems like the ones I had had a pretty thick layer of it. I'm going to try my hand at making some crosses this year, and this is something I would like to tinker with.
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Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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Muddymitts
Jan 23, 2014 7:11 AM CST
Lucy might have the answer for that -- I don't. What a fun project Patty! Take us along with you as you go!!

BTW -- what kind of little dog is that, that is sitting in your lap? Smiling
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Name: Patty
Washington State (Zone 8b)
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Patty
Jan 23, 2014 3:40 PM CST
Mary Ann ~ that is Koko, a Pomeranian. I call her my grandpuppy since I don't yet have the real thing.
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Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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Irises Keeps Horses Region: Kentucky Farmer Container Gardener Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Muddymitts
Jan 23, 2014 3:45 PM CST
Well -- she is just adorable!! Lovey dubby
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