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CULT: Blooming Today

Somebody wanted to know what a luminata looked like.  I don't have 
a picture, but I do have a bloom today on one of the earliest 
blooming luminatas.  It is the IB BLACKCURRANT, and what a 
beauty it is.  It has all of the bells and whistles of a luminata and a 
very pronounced yellow inner glow.  Just perfect.

Blooming with it is an IB seedling of Song of Grace X Cocoa Pink.  
This is a light yellow with a solid powder blue beard.  It has an ideal 
stalk with two branches and five buds.  This is maiden bloom and is 
worthy of another look next year.

Several arilbreds are in bloom.  My branched halfbred seedling of 
last year has two sisters to give maiden bloom this year.  They are 
also branched but not as pretty as the big sister that first bloomed 
last year.  'A' seedling has veined blue standards and veined red 
falls with a near black signal.  It was pollinated today by one of the 
sisters that bloomed yesterday to try to recapture the white ground 
of Zerzura.  'B' and 'C' are disappointments that are similar in 
coloration - veined blue standards and gaudy yellowish veined falls.  
Where does the yellow come from when the parents are Zerzura 
and Tel Aviv?  

SAHRA TASH, an older arilbred, has an interesting blueblack signal.  
I was tempted to use the pollen but didn't.  Maybe tomorrow when 
the first bud of JEHOSAPHAT'S RELIANCE opens.  Sounds like 
they might be a couple.

ORANGE POPSICLE X TEL AVIV is showing a little orange color.  I 
have never seen an orange arilbred. Have you?   I wonder how this 
will turn out!  Everybody keep their fingers crossed.

Walter Moores
Enid Lake, MS USA 7/8

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