It has been a terrible year for PCIs in Wairarapa, New Zealand. We should be at the peak of the flowering season but the weather has conspired against us this year. We had a bad late frost and it has badly affected the stems on most of the PCIs. They have a weak point just below the bud, and as they come up and start to flower they fall over.
We have also been having a period of bad winds (up to 140km predicted for tonight) so you can imagine what things look like - ripped petals and even some damaged foliage.
The rain associated with the windstorms hasn't been that kind to the flowers either.
Still, there are a few nice flowers out. This is a seedling from open pollinated 'Sojourner'. I have a number in this colour range from other breeding but they tend to be a bit pinker than this.
I'm hoping to have some more interesting flowers later on.
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