Keith Keppel tells of the origin of QUANDARY and
Joe Ghio's IMPULSIVE. They were both in Keith's garden, and both made the
same cross--the Ghio seedling is 88-180P: (Notorious) X ((Success Story x (Fancy
Tales x Alpine Castle)) x ((Persian Smoke x Entourage) x ((Strawberry Sundae x
(Artiste x Tupelo Honey)) x Borderline sib))), then Keith sent Joe's seeds to
IMPULSIVE is almost an orange amoena, with a
certain amount of apricot-yellow tinting of the standards under some conditions,
and has a flush of deeper color deep in the midrib. It also has a vivid
beard that has been quite red here, but is described as tangerine to
orange-tangerine in most gardens.
It is a highly fertile parent. I haven't seen
bloom from my own seedlings from it, but obtained some of Joe Ghio's
introductions from it this year. He sent the 88-180P as well, as I am
quite intrigued with the "line and speckle" pattern.
According to something Joe said, that Notorious
seedling parent to both Quandary and Impulsive was not introduced only because
the rate of increase minus the rate of bloom wasn't adequate for a commercially
Your photo of Quandary, Margie, is the best I have
seen of the variety. Kudos!
Neil Mogensen z 7 western NC
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