Griff--that photograph of HAUNTING is,
well....haunting. The exquisite beard on the plush fall--and the
form. What a memorable image! I too would like to see these two
crossed. There're a couple other seedlings from POWER WOMAN that I'd also
like to stir into the mix.
As to height--I wish ROGUE had stayed a BB
here. Once it reached normal height, the first rain+wind took the
bloomstalks over--bowed them over--so that blossoms were nearly upside
That may be a matter of fertility and
micronutrients, however, as YAQUINA BLUE did the same this year, and I have
never heard any one else complain of it doing so. My fertilizing and
liming have gone to zilch the past two years.
In the cross from which this seedling came
that I posted -- R 24 -- the first seedling to bloom was similar to this
one, but did as ROGUE did here. I tossed it immediately.
R 24-5 is saved by being only BB height.
There are a couple other seedlings from the cross that were saved, although not
as appealing as this one. The color, rather than being brick-oriented, was
more oxblood red. I didn't realize the standards had the amount of
variation in tone revealed until I saw the photo on screen.
My photo jaunts into the garden have been
both brief and rather painful, so I don't always get the pictures I
want. I'm satisfied when I can see the image at all.
Neil Mogensen z 7 western NC
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