Gardening in Southwest Washington State. Aiming for good food, sustainability, diversity, ecological balance. Learning from tradition, science, experience, and experimentation. Growing fruits, vegetables, trees, and flowers. Growing from seeds, cuttings, divisions, and grafting. Puttering meditation.
Saturday, July 07, 2012
Creating Hybrid Iris
While the irises were blooming, I diligently transferred pollen among varieties. I may have pollinated 30 flowers - lost count. Of those, only 3 flowers "took". That's all I need - no room for zillions of iris seedlings.
This was Spiced Custard pollinated by Immortality. I did not bag the flowers, so it's possible there is cross pollinaton with a different variety. The pods remind me a bit of poppy seed pods.
This was an un-named purple/blue iris rescue, pollinated by Liaison. In general, I pollinated blues with blues, and yellows or oranges with yellows or oranges, and anything with white.