Creating has always been a passion for me. There is a sense of satisfaction that I find when my work comes together and a masterpiece (of sorts) is produced. About 5 years ago I had some pretty good seedlings, but lost them all through a move. So I'm starting over again.
My goal is to find some hidden traits or patterns that I can manipulate to create either a brand new but unusual variety or even a sub species. I'm crossing some older iris from years ago to see if there are any lost or hidden traits that can be picked up. Once found I hope to quickly modernize these traits and introduce them into today's modern iris world. I've recently realized that such a project may take many years. So while I'm waiting for that to happen I've also begun to make crosses using today's iris.
The pleasure of creating something new on this planet, which has never ever existed before, is a real thrill. It's all about imagination and planning. Everytime a new seedling blooms for the first time, it's like Christmas, (because you never know what is inside the package.) Sometimes you are thrilled, sometimes you are not. I may be trying to "reinvent the wheel", but wouldn't it be nice if this new "wheel" was different AND it worked! I'm still new at this and open for suggestions if anyone has some they would like to share with me.
For 2007, 2008, and 2009 iris introductions and seedling photos by Margie Valenzuela click here.
To contact Margie about her seedlings, e-mail her at email@example.com