This is probably the hardest part of hybridizing. Since I have little space to spare and I want the best of the seedlings to have room to grow I find I am being very hard on my seedlings. All greyed yellows no matter the form are gone as soon as they blooms. Here are some of my compost volunteers.
This first one is prety from a distance an SDB but it is dog eared, rangy, and only has two buds and this is its 4th year. All the yellows from this cross are already compost
Only kept 2 of 17 seedlings from the above cross and they will get another year one is another year
This cross is from a spectacular MTB and all the seedlings are SDBs this though I am not discouting short this year there is nothing special about this one and there are at least 5 from the cross that really look nice
This is first flower open for this Baby Blessed X Firestorm cross
it got a reprieve because yellow is not all grey
Since I am not a yellow person this would have to go out and get evaluated if it makes it that far.
What it does have going for it is that it is blooming in the Nursery bed (lots of shade) and as you can see terminal is double socketed and it has a spur on this maiden bloom.
3 bud with 2 in the terminal are good. I think that SDBs can have too many buds a they can crowd each other out. also later buds often bloom below the foliage. First weeding since eye operation today & one bright yellow MDB size from SDB breeding is the only one left of its cross as the others were bums. It was annoying to find that something (I think a slug) had been at the bud before it was even out of the foliage. a couple more buds to evaluate if they turn into flowers.
Name: Dee Stewart Willamette Valley OR Snowpeak Iris
Almost all of my yellows, and yellow and red, and or purples are composted as soon as they bloom as there are so many of them on the market in my opinion so unless they are extra special the are no more.
I am keeping what we affectionately refer to as the DOG. I crossed her and she proved to be pollen and pod fertile. For Arilbreds it is difficult to evaluate their worth unless you see offspring. One of the number one reasons in hybridizing arilbred is to increase hte range they can be grown and grown well. Her sibling Lakeside Elf is growing well from Maryland to California and from Main to New Mexico. Having easy fertility in 1/2 breds is a great advantage and it can be used to produce not only OGB- but OGB and OGB+ as well. Although this flower is terrible she had 4-5 buds, is taller than either of her siblings, a great stalk and has matured in an area that I grow tall bearded with no additonal care making it a great garden plant as well. If she passes on those traits in her offspring then she has earned her space in my garden.