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HYB: TB ?Wishful Thinking X Bel Esprit?


Linda, your idea of crossing WISHFUL THINKING with BEL ESPRIT is intriguing.
The colors could span quite a range, but dark tops and mud would likely
dominate the progeny.  You should expect exceptional quality in form, finish,
just general pizzaz in all but color, and who knows?  In color, the genetics
are there for t-beards, both blue and yellow, along with a strong dash of
dark-top genetics, however they work.  That's unknown, but sure seem to
intensify with inbreeding, as witness Keppel's and others work.

Wishful Thinking with Alpenview is another possible cross you might consider
if you intend to inbreed the Keppel work toward "Vale" sucesses.  There is
awesome capacity for first generation whoppers from a cross like that.

The problem is with crosses of this sort is that the breeder of the parents,
Keppel, is far ahead of you along similar lines of development, but without
the continental climate challenges.  As far as I know none of Keppel's work
has used the Bel Esprit inmix, however.  You might also try it with Alpenview
along this line of thinking.

VENETIAN GLASS and several of Joe Ghio's related materials might be good in
this in-mix.  Venetian Glass is another strong survivor here from current
indications.  It is also fertile.  A fun cross might be with Bel Esprit.

I have 72 seeds (unplanted) from VG X Joe's TREASURED.  That is a cross many
have probably made.  They are two similar and related varieties, both of which
have Wishful Thinking in their ancestry, both being from Fogbound as one
parent.

Neil Mogensen  Reg 4  z 7  western NC mountains

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