Pearl and Anna, I doubt what either or both
of you have is Mary Tharp's "Desert Canyon.' Few of her varieties
circulated widely in the U.S., although the inclusion of its photo in the HIPS
"Quick Fix" list does suggest the cv made it out of southwestern
The photos suggest a rather different character
between the two blossoms.
'Desert Canyon' is a "Joyce Terry" type yellow with
white fall bordered yellow, plus a light violet anthocyanin. The resulting
colors are light brown standards, lavender or light violet falls bordered
narrowly with the color of the standards; hafts are yellowish tan with strong
light brown markings.
Anna's unknown ("NOID") does not have the "Joyce
Terry" pattern if I can trust my visual memory. My computer won't let me
open a second copy of "Outlook Express" so that I can take a look at it again
until after I have sent this message and closed this window. I will double
check the comparison and if wrong will post again shortly.
What I remember of the "ID on this one too?" is
that it has a fall overlay of light brown, with standards considerably more
yellow. I don't believe the two match.
Neil Mogensen now in z 7 western
NC mountains -- but I grew up five miles from Mary Tharp's garden in
Idaho and visited there countless times back when 'Desert Canyon' was still
a rather new variety.
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