15830Re: [AZ] Item about Ilam Azaleas
- Feb 1, 2011In context, it seems to me that "Dam" is a typo for "Ilam" that
slipped by a sloppy/sleepy proofreader. And Ilams (Dams?) have been
around for a long time -- I think one of the first deciduous azaleas
I killed, probably in the early '70s, was a gorgeous red Ilam.
Bob Stelloh Hendersonville NC USDA Zone 7
On Feb 1, 2011, at 1:12 PM, William C. Miller III wrote:
> As far as I know, which is not very far, the Ilam hybrids are a
> product of New Zealand. I really don't know that much about them
> --- not even enough to concur with that posting. Like most people,
> my info comes from Galle. I read the piece a second time to see if
> I missed the reference to a hybrid group named Dam. I agree that
> the article raises more questions than it answers.
> Tom Schuetz wrote:
>> Bill, yes the site article seems to be about Ilam azaleas, but
>> seems confused and I do not know how much to take seriously.
>> Among other things the article says: "A recital of the virtues of
>> these stunning shrubs must include two more features: all are
>> deliciously fragrant in blossom, an inheritance from the native
>> swamp azalea; and most of them are self sterile so that faded
>> blossoms need not be picked from the plants to prevent the
>> formation of seeds which normally inhibit bloom for the next
>> season. All who grow Ghent azaleas are aware that they bloom
>> really well only every second year, unless the dead blossoms are
>> plucked from the plants. When the Ilam azaleas become commercially
>> available this laborious task will be at an end. Self sterility
>> was bred into the plants at the same time that size, wide color
>> range, fragrance, heavy texture and the intriguing blossom form
>> were blended into one master strain."
>> true or not?
>> also "This description of the Dam azaleas is a preview of a rare
>> and important event in horticulture. The best plants have not yet
>> been named or propagated as clones for commercial distribution in
>> America. That will be the next step after the several hundred
>> plants now in this country have been tested and evaluated. But
>> remember the name, because the Dam azaleas are destined to be
>> horticultural sensations when they are placed on the market."
>> never heard of the Dam azaleas. Is this a spoof or what?
>> Also whatever happened to the Ilams. Have not heard much in a long
>> Tom Schuetz
>> Mechanicsburg, PA USDA Zone 6a
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: William C. Miller III
>> To: ASA Mail List
>> Sent: Tuesday, February 01, 2011 7:28 AM
>> Subject: [AZ] Item about Ilam Azaleas
>> The name of the link below is misleading. It's an item about Ilam
>> William C. Miller III
>> Bethesda, Maryland
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