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The reds just keep coming. If you are tired of seeing reds, just let me know and I will quit posting them. These are 9-month seedlings, seeds planted last September, then transplanted to trade 1-gallon pots in October. My hybridizing concentration last year was on reds. I used three or four named varieties quite heavily along with some of my own seedlings, the results of which you are seeing.
Do you remember on the last blog where I showed a picture of H. 'Bluegrass Memories' by Ted Preuss, and I made the comment that I had used it a lot but had gotten nothing better than the parent? Well, open your mouth and this happens:
When I walked into the greenhouse this morning and saw this, I stopped in my tracks. It is Seedling No. 2051 (Desire of Nations X Bluegrass Memories). It is a little larger than the parent and the color is better. The neon blue eye is larger and more dramatic and the same color carries over to the petal edges. And, last but not least, the throat is more green than the parent. This was classified a WOWSER by me this morning.
I am trying to quit hybridizing in the greenhouse, but when you walk in and see all of the beautiful blossoms, visions of cherry plumbs begin dancing in my head and I just can't help myself.
Life is very, very good.