Fred Kerr's use of the description for the banded
falls as "the Emma Cook pattern" as undoubtedly since then you (Harold
Peters) have learned refers directly to the first of this type, one
which Paul Cook introduced as 'Emma Cook' along with the DM winner, 'Whole
Cloth' and the excellent parent 'Melodrama.'
I remember them well. When they were first
introduced a friend in the Boise area bought 'Whole Cloth' and
'Melodrama.' The next spring she came down to my garden bringing a bloom
of each. Not one scrap of the pollen on those six stamens was
wasted. There were some very interesting seedlings, one of which should
have been introduced. Circumstances and other involvements got in the
I don't recall just when I acquired 'Emma Cook,'
but I have a memory of a very long, fat seedpod in which there were 90
seeds. That is the record number I have ever seen in any one pod from
those I've grown. I don't remember ever blooming the offspring,
however. There were just too many complications in my various endeavors
during those years.
A couple years ago I came close to matching 'Emma
Cook's' seed count. 'Happenstance' and 'Vienna Waltz' had pods three years
ago with 87 and 81 seeds in single pods, both from pollen from a seedling since
named 'Power Woman' whose parents were Swingtown X Romantic Evening. I
guess the Lady had plenty of male power too.
One thing I also remember about 'Emma Cook' is that
the fall band was not as sharply defined as in Kerr's best products. Those
seem unusually neat and clean. The original 'Emma Cook' had a somewhat
irregular and blended inner border that did not give a crisp impression such as
more recent banded beauties have had.
Neil Mogensen z 7 western
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