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Name: Lucy
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Nov 20, 2019 9:27 PM CST
It is so tough when the lovelies don't perform.
Name: Kent Pfeiffer
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KentPfeiffer
Nov 21, 2019 11:22 AM CST

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One of the advantages of living in a harsh climate is that the weather does much of the seedling selection work for you. At least I tell myself it's an advantage. Whistling
Name: Kent Pfeiffer
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KentPfeiffer
Nov 21, 2019 1:32 PM CST

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Medians, on the other hand, are practically immune to the weather here. As mentioned above, after years of futility with them, I'm finally starting to see some keepers in the SDB seedling beds.

This glaciata is incredibly bright. I don't believe I've personally seen an iris, in any class, that is that clear of a shade of pink

17D-08c
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Darktops are pretty well represented in TBs, but relatively rare in SDBs. I'm hoping this one will be a good start in that direction.

17D-05h
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I actually like its sibling better. Reminds me of some of the Blyth pastel TBs like Smoking Aces

17D-05i
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Another pattern you often see in TBs is a bicolor with pink standards and violet/lavender falls. There's only a handful of SDBs in that pattern, Joking and Smooch are the only two that leap to mind. I like this seedling a lot (it's a poor quality picture, but all I have at the moment).

17D-02h
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Name: daphne
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shizen
Nov 21, 2019 1:39 PM CST
Lovey dubby Lovey dubby love all kent. 'specially the bright pink one!! wish sdb grew better for me in 10a, but struggle at keeping them alive.
Name: Evelyn
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evelyninthegarden
Nov 21, 2019 2:26 PM CST
KentPfeiffer said:Medians, on the other hand, are practically immune to the weather here. As mentioned above, after years of futility with them, I'm finally starting to see some keepers in the SDB seedling beds.

....Another pattern you often see in TBs is a bicolor with pink standards and violet/lavender falls. There's only a handful of SDBs in that pattern, Joking and Smooch are the only two that leap to mind. I like this seedling a lot (it's a poor quality picture, but all I have at the moment).

17D-02h
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Kent ~ I especially like this one. But then I am partial to "blends"....
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Name: Barbara
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iciris
Nov 21, 2019 3:08 PM CST
17D-08c is outstanding, I love that bright pink color! The others are stunning too, but I can't get that bright pink out of my mind.
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Name: Robin
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Totally_Amazing
Nov 21, 2019 4:27 PM CST
I love 17D-08c too. The beards enhance the colour beautifully Lovey dubby
Name: Leslie
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Lestv
Nov 21, 2019 6:22 PM CST
Is Caneel Sunset named for Caneel Bay? My parents had a place in St. John that I loved visiting.

All three to be introduced are lovely.
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Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Nov 21, 2019 6:28 PM CST
Looks like you have made some brake throughs in the MTB's as well, I like them all. Smiling
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Name: Kent Pfeiffer
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KentPfeiffer
Nov 21, 2019 7:07 PM CST

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Those were SDBs. I am working on tetraploid MTBs, though Thumbs up , but won't see the first ones bloom until next spring. My expectations with them are low, just hoping some will be good enough to keep working with. We'll see soon enough. Smiling
Name: Kent Pfeiffer
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KentPfeiffer
Nov 21, 2019 7:09 PM CST

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Lestv said:Is Caneel Sunset named for Caneel Bay? My parents had a place in St. John that I loved visiting.

All three to be introduced are lovely.


Yes! My wife and I spent our honeymoon there.

Name: Elsa
Las Cruces, New Mexico (Zone 8a)
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GreenIris
Nov 21, 2019 8:55 PM CST
KentPfeiffer said:Rockytop Gardens will be introducing them. Unfortunately, Phil told me he lost the row that included Serene Silence (to voles he thought). It grows well for me so probably try to introduce it myself in 2021.


Thank you Kent! I didn't realize you introduced any last year there. They always have such beautiful irises. I can't wait to get an order in this coming year. Congratulations on your intros!!!
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Name: Elsa
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GreenIris
Nov 21, 2019 9:06 PM CST
Kent: Also I love all those SDB's. All are definately worthy of introduction. So make sure to let us know when you have them ready for sale! We will probably all hit you up at once Smiling
I think the people who grow Irises are about as special as the flower itself!
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AndreaD
Nov 21, 2019 10:46 PM CST
17D-05h and 17D-05i are really lovely!
Name: Darrell
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Hybridizer
Nov 22, 2019 5:12 AM CST
17D-08c is incredible.
Name: Kent Pfeiffer
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KentPfeiffer
Nov 22, 2019 10:38 AM CST

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Some other SDB seedlings I like, but am less sure about.

15D-04h
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Nice ruffles, there are quite a few blue-bearded pink SDBs around though

15D-07c
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Almost silver under some light conditions

15D-10a
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15D-11f
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Another nicely ruffled, but pretty common color

16D-08L
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Don't know about the rest of it, but really like the brown beards that are tipped neon purple

16D-13L
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A bit of an unusual color

16D-14d
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Another one with an unusual color

17D-08b
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Sibling to the bright pink in the previous post. Definite family resemblance, but I think the plicata markings detract from it
Name: Robin
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Totally_Amazing
Nov 22, 2019 3:46 PM CST
15D-10a
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Are the hafts green?

15D-11f
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This is my favourite. Lovey dubby I love the dark blue veins. I can't think of anything similar with dark blue veins on blue standards.


Name: Barbara
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iciris
Nov 22, 2019 6:57 PM CST
I love the top four posted. Out of the top four posted I'm with Robin on her two favorites. Lovey dubby
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Name: Kent Pfeiffer
Southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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KentPfeiffer
Nov 22, 2019 10:01 PM CST

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Totally_Amazing said:15D-10a

Are the hafts green?



Sort of. Smiling Like most "green" irises, the color varies depending on the light. It looks very green at times, but closer to yellow at others. I'd probably call it chartreuse?

I've never intentionally tried to create green irises, but have gotten quite a few anyway. For awhile, I used 'Stop and Stare' as a parent quite a bit trying to get high contrast amoenas. Never really got what I wanted, just a bunch of variagatas plus some green(ish) irises.

16D-06a
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16D-06b
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16D-06v
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17D-01f
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William
Nov 23, 2019 1:02 AM CST
Fabulous seedlings, Kent.

'Caneel Sunset' is truly special and I love it, but I also love so many of the SDB's.
17D-08c, 17D-02h, 15D-04h and 15D-11f, to name but a few.

For me, when it comes to the SDB's the most important thing is definitely not how the bloom looks like, but how many stems I get and how long they will flower.
If they have good general qualities, I think many of them could be worthy of introducing, even if they are not quite as uniquely looking as you might prefer. On the other hand it of course does you credit, that you obviously have very high standards as to what you consider introducing!


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