you all for the kind comments. I
will try to answer them here rather than individually.
are maiden blooms on seedlings planted directly into the ground in Nov.
2003. Those designated by an A are
the first in their cross to bloom. They each have a dozen or more siblings
that I’m looking forward to seeing.
favorite is the Margaret Inez X Ruffled Goddess baby. It’s
stalks are 38” tall, fairly well branched and have seven buds. The bright pink flowers glow in the sun
as they dance above their healthy green foliage. It’s most obvious fault is that
they are rather small for such tall stalks. Small flowers is
a trait inherited from Ruffled Goddess.
I don’t know what I’ll do with it, but I’ll keep it
for sure for a year or two of further evaluation. The clump blooming in the background is
an arilbred, Byzantine Art.
second favorite is the pale pink with big pink beards, Elegant Girl X
Happenstance. The stalks are fairly
short and have only six buds. I
like pastel, but I don’t like pale. I have already put pollen from Pink
Champagne on two of its fresh flowers in the hopes of correcting those two
faults. I still have to wait for
about 40 of its siblings to bloom.
I am hoping that I’ll have a very hard time choosing the best of
them. On one flower those pink
beards seem to end in a fuzzy pink horn.
It’s the nearest thing to an SA that I’ve seen so far.
of the Mesmerizer X Pink Champagne cross have bloomed
already. The first that opened in
February was a spectacular white. The second bloomed one muddy pink flower on a stalk that had
several empty spathes. The
one in the picture is the third.
The fourth, which opened this morning, is a two tone blue. I can’t believe it! How can that cross produce a blue? It’s a poor thing that won’t
stay there long. None show any
horns or flounces.
Pond Lily X Happenstance is my least favorite. It opens deep orchid and fades to a
lighter mauve pink. It’s hafts seem narrow and its heavy lace seems to
curl the edge of the falls. It has
a strange zigzag stalk. I’m
not sure of the bud count yet. I’m
really hoping that among its dozen siblings I’ll find something better.
Glendale, AZ Zone 9