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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
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grannysgarden
Dec 13, 2016 10:31 PM CST
Those two are gorgeous, Paul!
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Name: Barbara
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iciris
Dec 13, 2016 10:46 PM CST
I'm so happy for the Blyth's and wish them a very long and happy retirement.
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Name: Lilli
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IrisLilli
Dec 14, 2016 2:49 AM CST
So many lovely irises! And so many that I really, really want... Sighing!

Thank you all for posting!

I just got that email too and I am adding to my order as we ...write! Rolling my eyes.
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arilbred
Dec 14, 2016 5:29 AM CST
Sad love them all here is Snapparrazi
Name: Lilli
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IrisLilli
Dec 14, 2016 5:34 AM CST
Just remembered that one of the first 5 irises I ever ordered was a Blyth:


(1992) I remember finding it so unlike any of the others I had seen at the time and I just had to have it! Lovey dubby
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Name: Liz
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Dachsylady86
Dec 14, 2016 8:25 AM CST
Wow, what a beauty! I don't think you can go wrong with any Blyth iris, old or new. What did you add to your order Lilli? Green Grin!
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Name: Lilli
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IrisLilli
Dec 14, 2016 8:33 AM CST
Not enough! Big Grin

I'll post as soon as I get confirmation - but I expect them to be quite busy at the moment...
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Name: Leslie
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Lestv
Dec 14, 2016 9:04 AM CST
If any of you in the US are adding on to your order please let me know if I can join your order. I have a few smalls that I really want, but it doesn't seem like enough for a big overseas purchase by themselves.
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Name: Paul
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Paul2032
Dec 14, 2016 10:02 AM CST
Another concern is that other of the top hybridizers are getting on in years like Keith Keppel and Joe Ghio. I know that I don't have the energy that they seem to have.
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Name: Leslie
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Lestv
Dec 14, 2016 11:45 AM CST
True Paul, there don't seem to be many young up and coming hybridizers. Or at least they haven't made their mark yet. But I am sure some will.
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gemini_sage
Dec 14, 2016 2:58 PM CST
Not that I know the ages of folks here, but I can easily see Gabe and Liz comeing up with some new creations!
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Name: Leslie
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Lestv
Dec 14, 2016 3:24 PM CST
Not to put pressure on those two, but get to work!! Big Grin
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Name: Robin
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Totally_Amazing
Dec 15, 2016 3:55 AM CST
I think Barry was a master of colours. His "Neon Blue" is stunning and his "Who's Your Daddy" and "Honey Dripper" are favourites of mine. I bought "Popstar" this year because I love its unique colour.



Name: Robin
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Totally_Amazing
Dec 15, 2016 4:06 AM CST
In regard to young up and coming hybridizers, I am looking forward to seeing what Melissa and Bailey Schiller at Smokin Heights create. They are a mother and son team who have created some nice seedlings which I believe are being evaluated as potential future introductions.

One of their seedlings I like is Cinderella's Secret X Chasing Destiny
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Unfortunately, the only way to view their seedlings is to go through the daily posts on their facebook site.
Name: Lilli
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IrisLilli
Dec 15, 2016 4:25 AM CST
Well, good to know there are people out there working to support our iris ad... appreciation! Big Grin
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Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Dec 15, 2016 4:38 AM CST
Most of the current great hybridizers will affect the future of irises long after they have quit making crosses I'm thinking.
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Name: Lilli
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IrisLilli
Dec 15, 2016 5:18 AM CST
I agree Tom.

I was thinking about what the Blyths wrote in the email (posted above by Liz) about seeing their irises showing up in the pedigree of new introductions by other hybridizers. I imagine that must be very satisfying, knowing your legacy will be carried on like that.

Made me wonder if any of the non-Blyth irises that I have, does actually have 'Blyth genes' in their pedigree and I realised that my favorite iris does!


(Johnson 2005)

A cross between


(Blyth 1992)

and


(Ghio 1996)

So that is 3 great hybridizers just going back one generation - and I'm sure there are more, but I haven't looked into it yet, as both Imprimis and Romantic Evening have quite complicated family trees:

Imprimis:
((Inca Queen x (Tranquil Star x (Love Chant x Festive Skirt))) x Amber Snow) X ((Alpine Journey x Beachgirl) x ((Beachgirl x (Tranquil Star x Coral Strand)) x (Persian Smoke x Chimbolam)))

Romantic Evening:
88-14: ((83-73-J2: (Success Story x (Fancy Tales x Alpine Castle)) x ((Persian Smoke x Entourage) x ((Strawberry Sensation x (Artiste x Tupelo Honey)) x Borderline sibling))) x Costa Rica) X 88-215: (Witch's Wand x 86-3, Costa Rica sibling)

(But then, Romantic Evening has 197 registered child plants - so maybe 'complicated' is the way to go?? Blinking Blinking Blinking )

You don't know if it will grow until you try!
Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Dec 15, 2016 9:07 AM CST
I counted up my Blyth irises, and I have currently 82 of them in my collection. Smiling
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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Dec 15, 2016 9:55 AM CST
This year I had many new to me bloom. So many were outstanding.

To add to the coffee pics posted by others, I really enjoyed Coffee Whispers. I like the rounded form.


And I love this one, to no one's surprise I am sure:

And First Avenue really stands out in a garden. The color is even more vibrant in full sun.




"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Dec 15, 2016 10:05 AM CST
I have 65 Blyths, and many on my want list.

I have to say that of earlier Blyths I love love love these two:




"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black

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