By Betty Wilkerson
Most of you know that I’m not an expert on iris genes. I’m going to take you down my garden path so you can see some of my seedlings. The plicata pattern has never been my favorite. I didn’t have a lot of options in the beginning, or when the irises, and I, moved to
during the fall of
In the spring of 2004, a couple of the brightest blooms were ‘Radiant Bliss’ and ‘Summer Radiance.’ This was not a cross I’d planned, but it did make sense. ‘Radiant Bliss’ is a tall, well branched rebloomer and tall, well branched iris make the best pod parents. It's a fall cycle rebloomer. ‘Summer Radiance’ had refused to set pods and was being used as a pollen parent. 'Summer Radiance' is without plicata in its geneology and it reblooms in July and then in the fall.
Genetically speaking, solid color selfs are dominant over plicata. What does this mean to people that have never made a cross? When using a self, in this case 'Summer Radiance,' that has no plicata in the parentage, none of the children will be plicata. The children will be a mixture of variegatas, bitones, bi-colors, and blends, with possible overlay or apron patterns. Many will have lots of haft lines & murky colors.
|'Radiant Bliss' (Wilkerson 2005)|
|'Summer Radiance' (Wilkerson 1996)|