Seeing the photo of 'Spartan' sent me digging
through the Check Lists. Sadly, only one side of the parentage is
published, but I am sure I see the influence of Melvina Suiter's 'Tomeco'
in the unpublished side.
I know that Schreiners had--and used--'Tomeco' in
their red lines. It had incredibly smooth hafts, being solid red right up
to the claw. With its excellent ancestry combining several red lines plus
a red plicata, 'Tomeco' offered a lot of potential. 'Spartan' almost
surely has it in its ancestry. There is certainly a family
Riverview lists 'Tomeco' this year. It may be
another one that might thrive for you, Chris, and even survive the "Vale"
conditions, Linda. If I weren't so tight for space, I'd be tempted to
order it for old times' sake myself. Mel Suiter was one of my
'Tomeco' fared very well in the Florence
competitions, as well as gaining an AM in the US. I even saw it recently
in pedigree from England. The cv is still out there, carrying on despite
its considerable age.
Neil Mogensen z 7 western
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