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There was a real surprise awaiting me in the greenhouse this morning . . . I had a 9 month seedling bloom. This is one of the seedlings that I had planted in October in a trade gallon pot. It is a very small plant, the scape was only about 14" with 3 buds, but WOW, what a blossom. I will count on this to change when it gets planted outside. This is Seedling No. 0001 [(Mandalay Bay Music X Shelter Cove) X Robert W. Carr] and I guarantee you that the edge is that green and the rest of the flower is infused with green. I just came back in from checking it in the greenhouse (2:00 PM) where is was 98° in direct sun, and the green edge is still as green as it was this morning. A lot of green edged flowers fade by mid afternoon in the sun. Here is Seedling No. 0001 (the first seedling numbered in 2010)
I did make more crosses this morning and I intend to make more tomorrow when I will spread the pollen from Seedling No. 0001 on many things including Bill Waldrop's H. 'Irish Halo' and H. 'Emerald Lace', both should have blooms on them tomorrow.
Exciting things happen to those who hybridize!
Life is very, very good.