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Re: HIST: orange?

ORANGE FRILLS and ORANGE CRUSH of Melvina Suiter's both predate Melba
Hamblen's ORANGE PARADE by several years.  Orange Frills dates from 1954,
Orange Crush from 1959.  The latter had astonishingly deep color but the
finish of the flower and branching left something to be desired.  Despite the
flaws it was used extensively in breeding in the "Fresno" line of J. Weiler.
Orange Frills did not have the depth of color of the latter, but was an
entirely satisfactory garden plant.

Mel bred extensively for improvements in the orange line, but a series of
moves and frost years played havoc with her program.

As far as depth of color, Orange Crush beat anything hands down for a good
many years--including Orange Parade.  Part of Orange Parade's success lay in
its marketing, I might add.

Neil Mogensen  z 6b/7a near Asheville/Hendersonville, NC

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