Lousy substance on the standards. Don't expect them to
improve much next year. So many maidens look so much bigger
and better a year or two later, that I have given up on any
culling for bad branching/bud count on maidens.
A lot of what I've been doing is "You can't get there from here
... well, certainly not in one cross... probably take the rest of
Like you, I really like the wire rims. Not so attracted to
or blended rims. I have a strong dislike for open standards.
me it detracts from the elegant lines of the form. Then too,
like a house with no roof, and the wind and rain here rip them up
more easily. A convex form resists pressure - basic physics.
Don't mind open standards at all on the little guys, especially if
there's something to see in there.
I make a fair number of "What if?" crosses each year.
What if this thing reblooms? What am I going to wish I'd crossed
it with? I can save a whole year (maybe more!) by going ahead and
doing it while I have the opportunity.