Tom that is so cool that the video has helped, I personally think the video is so elegant in its simplicity and is the direction that Iris Societies should be investing. The video quality is outstanding and was part of the BBC2 show promoting the Chelsea Flower Show which Cayeux have been an exhibitor for the past few years . You can bookmark the url as it will be in-bedded on the blog for as long as the BBC makes it available so you can return as many times as you like.
Taking away the mystique surrounding the hybridising of irises makes writing a blog worthwhile.
A real battle is chosing the parents. Even if seedlings grow, the results can be a bust. Basic genetics can be found in The World of Irises available from AIS for $18. The colors we see have come from many recessives like the plicata series & pinks. Beard colors are inherited separately.
Granted newbies have to be shown the mechanics & that was done quite well.
Hybridising was a feature on my blog for the month of July
Here was me thinking that the selection of parents was covered off by asking Keith Keppel his advise which I published at the end of Jean Stevens story http://historiciris.blogspot.co.nz/2012/07/jean-stevens-and-...
And Paul Black had his say on selection of parents in the article http://historiciris.blogspot.co.nz/2012/07/tall-bearded-iris... where he nominates Irises worth pursuing that are freely available for reasonable costs from commercial growers, and his thoughts apply to anyone interested in hybridising.
None off these hybridisers got into any depth about recessive genes and the complications associated with this subject, the month of features is to encourage new people and others that are a wee bit intimidated of hybridising.
And I got to have my say http://historiciris.blogspot.co.nz/2012/07/got-me-thinking-a...
What is a 'newbie' by the way? I like to think I learn something new about irises all the time, so perhaps I'm a 'newbie' too.(I hope I am)
Now if some one would review how to get the seeds to germinate, I'd be all happy! I know Paul had mentioned a technique to get them to grow, and save some time to see them bloom, but I'm not sure where that is, or exactly how he did it.