This year some of my seedlings from crosses I made in 2015 bloomed for the first time. I am a novice hybridizer and these are the first crosses I made after my initial trial run a couple years earlier where I just crossed the last 2 hybrids that bloomed. There is nothing special among them. I am just sharing some photos for anyone who is interested in seeing some examples of what blooms are created from various parents.
The first cross I made was Ibiza x Silver Streak.
I wanted to create a pink broken pattern iris. Since then I have acquired a pink broken pattern iris and I have learned that the broken pattern and plicata traits are recessive and that my chances of getting them is low unless both parent irises have this trait. The pod parent of Ibiza has some plicatas in its ancestry but is not a plicata. I have 15 seedlings from this cross that have bloomed and a bud on another one.
I must apologise for the snail damage on my blooms. I didn't want to introduce any chemicals to the blooms and I didn't want to use pellets because I have a cat.
Most of my seedlings are bitones.
has one white streak on one bloom only
has flowers of varying colours on one stem. This is what these blooms looked like the first day they opened. I have been expecting the darker one to fade but 3 days on it still looks the same
This is the reddest seedling
bloomed last year
One bloom only low in the foliage
with Ibiza 12. One bloom on Ibiza 19 went flat
I was excited to see a couple of plicatas in the mix, but no broken patterns.
The falls have a hint of beige
Out of these 15 Ibiza seedlings 13 are bitones, 2 are plicatas and 3 are space ages.
These are a couple of group photos. The dark purple bloom is from a different cross.
I am keeping an eye on Ibiza 3 and its varying colour blooms. It has 3 stalks and more buds to open. Does anyone else find this weird?