Hi everybody Hope you all have had a great year I'm finally getting some vacation days and wanted to share some pictures from My garden and friends on the West Coast hoping to provide a little winter entertainment for the next couple months
My Season was much improved over the past couple years although it still had it's challenges with weather we had 2 late freezes in April that stunted my 2 year plantings and lot's of the brand new seedlings and the entire bloom season was a record for heat upper 90's for weeks which made Hybridizing impossible but had lot's of flowers bloom for a change
and I'll take that over everything else.
The West Coast gardens never disappoint they were incredible as always and I was in Awe of the new seedlings blooming and the improvements in form and new patterns that were popping up in there seedling rows. We will have a lot of good things to look forward in the future and many wonderful things being introduced this year.
A special Thanks to My Dad for letting me Pollen Daub in his garden and mark up his blooms with Tags without his plants to work with I wouldn't of had a fraction of the seedlings at home this year to enjoy as I had very little of my own bloom at home to work with in 2016/17.
The 1st to bloom when I got back from Oregon was 16-24A really liked the color combo and the thin rim on the falls it is very eye catching in the garden. I liked both of them and looking forward to seeing what they look like this year after getting established.
(Red Skies X Tuscan Summer)
Next up was a Plicata Cross I did at Dad's have been hoping to work more Plicata's the past few years but not a lot of bloom to play with. One of my Favorite's of the recent Schreiner intro's is Petticoat Shuffle it is a neat pattern hoping I can put some ruffles on it
Here is some of the things that bloomed in the cross as you can see it is a dominant pattern only kept a couple of them to work with but they were pretty especially so early in the season.
16-104 (Petticoat Shuffle X Midnight Velvet)
I have done a number of Crosses with Volcanic Glow in years past it has always grown well here and have been curious what the kids would look like this is the 1st batch to bloom still another 15 or so to bloom this year but it looks to be a fun parent
and I'm looking forward to seeing what else blooms.
16-18(Volcanic Glow X Midnight Velvet)