HYB: Linda's "Exciting Pink" and Seasonal Thoughts
In a message dated 5/3/2007 1:26:10 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
<<Not open yet. Deep pink in bud from MISSOURI MIST X pale pink: (BEHOLD
A LADY x CELEBRATION SONG).
What I'd hoped for, but didn't really expect to get.>>
Are you going to tell us what happened? Is it open? Did it eventuate into
anything interesting, or pretty? Are you delighted beyond speech? I did not see
anything in the Photos archives. Did I just miss it?
I may gravitate hypnotically toward tailored art shades, but I do like me a
pretty modern pink, too. That said, did it have a tolerable odor? Some pinks
do not. OVATION as I grew it could make your eyes water in a closed room. It
utterly put my boxwoods to shame.
I've got bloom on some bearded historics now, but whereas the blossoms are
all normally configured, it looks to me like they are running on the small
side, and the diploid stems look thinner. There is not much snaking or
collapsing, although several stalks are keeling over: a combination of several days of
wind with gusts to 25, a good soaking rain following a burst of heat, and
having been reset late last season... I guess.
One of the leaners is the magnificent claret that Phil Edinger and I both
found --meaning it was on both USA coasts-- and he has firmly identified as
VOLTIGEUR, a Cayeux from 1934. It looks like a much classier INDIAN CHIEF, and
grows beautifully. Superb iris.
Henry and I made a shunpike excursion up to Charlottesville Saturday to play
in some nurseries and used book stores. The weather was what the Irish call
"soft," meaning cool and misty, and all the farm irises looked just fine. I
was rather surprised, frankly, since there is an area midway which is solidly,
if erratically, zone 6, and they have seen some odd weather this season. The
farm roses looked good as well, including that snowball viburnum they call
the Guelder rose. I don't know which one it is. The floral arranging crowd
around here use it with native columbine when it is in its chartreuse pompom
"PomPom" might be a name for that double bearded seedling now appearing on
Photos, although I personally prefer "Wooly Bully". Wonder if it has been
used...that might not go over too well, though; there was some talk about that
song... I forget just why. "Twirling Tassels" could be good, too, but you know
that wouldn't float. Heh.
Richmond VA USA Zone 7
Jamestown Expedition and Settlement Quadricentennial May,1607- May, 2007
"At one time...it was all Virginia."
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