Re: Redondo and Edith Steane
Well, I don't have lots blooming right now, but there certainly are not lots with pure white stigmas. Tatoo has a white stigma. There are so many subtle variations in the color of the stigma, really quite lovely. I do think the color of the stigma in relation to the leaf may be inherent to the breeding line. When my greenhouse is blooming like crazy again, you will have to come up and inspect.
Did you get some sort of protection up? The latest FarmTek catalog still has the patio greenhouses, same as the ones in Charley's Greenhouses catalog, but the larger one, 6' x 6' x 2', is $229 if you buy two (249 for one). It has a center roof vent, shelves on both sides, and a center door. I am toying with the idea of getting it for the deck for wintering. The greenhouse is so full with the seedlings from Ken Atfield from Australia, and I can't get rid of any until they bloom! Can hardly wait.
Am glad you enjoy the history. I love it and wish it was readily accessible. With the Geraniums Around The World 1953-2003 Searchable CD Project, it will be. Here is hoping we raise the funds necessary.
Barry Roth <barry_roth@YAHOO.COM> wrote:
I always learn things from you, too. It is great to learn about the history
behind Redondo. I often wondered whether any plants grown from Read's seeds
would turn out to be keepers. Guess I was not alone. I sometimes see red
dwarf geraniums in street planters that I think are this variety. (Once ran
across several gallon can plants in a nursery's back lot, with silvery gnarly
old trunks and such a bad case of rust that I backed away as soon as I could!)
I think it grows into a fairly large plant for a dark dwarf -- like your
experience of it -- and has a lot of landscaping applications because of that
where smaller plants, better behaved on the collection bench, would get lost.
I have Edith Steane -- definitely in the same flower class -- and it grows well
for me (under trying conditions of wind and fog). I should look at it closer
to make comparisons with Redondo and Kerrigoblin.
(to be continued ...)
--- Sandy Connerley wrote:
> Hi Barry,
> I had Redondo and it is a very nice plant. But, was consolidating and let it
> go as it got a bit too large from my wants, and it did have a zone as I
> recall. A friend in Sacramento has one, so I could look at it again. It was
> from one of Mr. Read's seeds sold through Park Seeds, grown on by Mrs.
> Lumsden of Redondo Beach, who showed it to Alice Bode to confirm it was
> I did keep Edith Steane, another red, but with a zone. For a different
> red, my current favorite is East Sussex. It is a soft red, and the leaf is
> dark with a zone and a lighter butterfly center. It keep blooming away where
> others are not. And, the stems are a lovely red. The other one I really
> like, but is more of a rose red is Wilf Vernon. The dark leaves have a thin
> zone, and it just likes to stay in a rounded compact shape without pinching.
> It is not so dense that you have to go in and remove lots of center leaves.
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