Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Blooms, April 17, 2012

Blooms in the greenhouse, April 15, 2012

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We received a little over ¼" of rain overnight. We sure could use more, but I better be careful what I wish for. Bloom continues in the greenhouse with more 9-month bloom each day. As you would expect, many are not worthy of pictures. Here are pictures of some that are blooming today.

This is another of my 9-month seedlings that was blooming today. It is Seedling No. 2010 (Rockets Bursting In Air X Barbara Mandrell). Rockets is one of my 2011 introductions and Barbara is one of David Kirchhoff's 2011 introduction. I would estimate that 40% of my 2012 seedlings will be from red crosses.
Seedling No 2011 (Doug's Caress X Home Of The Free). Not as fancy as some of the other reds, but good saturated color with a nice green throat.. HOTF is one of Larry Grace's 2012 introductions and is proving to be a good parent for me.
Seedling No. 9016 (Royal Presence X Max Pickles) I have been evaluating this seedling out in the field as a possible introduction and brought a piece into the greenhouse to use in hybridizing this year. Love the white edge.
H. 'Heartbeat of Heaven' One of Karol Emmerich's 2005 introductions. I love this flower from Karol.

H. 'Tooth and Nail' (Benz 2006) I am not showing as many teeth as John's picture out in the garden. You can tell this is a H. 'Forestlake Ragamuffin' kid from the color. I can't remember, but I don't think I have set a pod on it yet. Does anyone know if this one and a similar one H. 'Heman' (Gossard 2007) are pod fertile?

Today is almost gone, and I am looking forward to see what tomorrow brings.

Life is very, very good.



  1. Hi Lee,

    I do know that HEMAN is pod fertile because I have some seedlings from using it as a pod parent. The other parent is Polston's 2012 intro, PASTOR Z. These have scapes on them so I should be seeing bloom soon. Getting a little rain finally!! YAY

  2. Hi Will,
    I have tried several different pollens on both Heman and Tooth & Nails and have yet to set a pod. Guess I will have to keep trying. Thanks for responding -Lee