Donald, I don't think that is ORMOHR. I used
to grow it, and it sure didn't look like this lovely one.
The authentic ORMOHR had long, strappy petals, a
dull violet color, vaguely similar to the much, much better ELMOHR, but with
less substance, and a form I would politely describe as "hang dog."
The only thing one could get excited about ORMOHR
was that it was one of if not *the* first of the Mohrs. Compared to its
pure TB contemporaries, it had "fantastic" substance but that is about the only
thing one could say about it that was complementary.
This globular blue beauty has got to be from at
least the fifties if not later, and probably was a Capitola seedling rather than
directly from Wm Mohr itself. That is, if it is a quarter-bred rather that
something more aril than that.
I'd sure like to know what it is when you find
I'm about 200 feet higher in elevation than Betsy
Higgins, and only a few miles north. I probably don't have as much control
over conditions as she apparently does, but I'm going to try to grow some of the
AB's here, and maybe even some pure aril stock just to see if I can. I'm
opening up a space where I can control the summer rain (under the eaves) but not
the roots from the neighbor's oaks. I sent in my dues to the ASI for the
first time in about 25 years. All your beautiful photos have motivated
this kid inside of me that once was utterly fascinated by the ancestors of what
you are growing. I may be premature in saying "Thanks" but I'll say it
Neil Mogensen z 7 (?) western North
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