I have just about decided that I have more than enough seeds to plant later this summer so will probably not do too much more hybridizing . . . so I say! It is hard to walk in and see all those beautiful blooms just hollering to be come parents. How can you resist!
Bill Waldrop has been trying to convert H. 'Choo Choo Caboose' for me. I was excited to see that it was going to bloom this morning. However, when I examined the bloom and plant, it appears that it is still diploid. I tried some of the pollen so will see what happens. Below is a picture of H. 'Choo Choo Caboose'. It has wonderful, saturated color, great branching and bud count and good plant habit, and wonderful green throat, so you can see why I would like to get it converted.
H. 'Choo Choo Caboose' (Pickles 1995)
H. 'Kacie Boy' (Durio 1983)
X H. 'Bonbini' (Pickles 1995)
Reds have become my passion. I would estimate that 80% of my crosses this year have been with red flowers, mostly seedlings. The other 20% would be 15% in the purples and 5% in toothy flowers. One toothy named variety new to me that excited me this year was Jeff Salter's H. 'The Incredible Earl Watts'.
Seedling 2042 [(Rockets Bursting in Air X (Camelot Red) X Doug's Caress]
H. 'Barbara Mandrell'
Seedling 2042 ( picture above) X
H. 'Scarlet Angel' (Petit 2010) (no picture available)
Waldrop seedling W2-466
[(Shirley Anne McCord X Marietta Heartbeat) X Gnashing of Teeth]
H. 'Bluegrass Memories'
I guess that is all for today boys and girls.
Life is very, very good