Tim, Makes sense that probably the flower could very possibly look really yucky and perhaps a stronger scape could be my only reward. A lot of time wasted only to feed the compost bin.
Chris, I do need to take a look at the parentage of choices I am considering. I haven't done that yet. Good idea and a great winter project!
I'm only doing it for the "fun of it". In 2016 I planted over 600 seedlings and in 2018 I planted about 300. I have not started any seedling this year but I do have some seeds to do so. I may even try planting directly into the ground as soon as it's warm enough here in Wisconsin.
I'm pretty much at my limit for planting until I get the 2016 bed cleared of the ones I don't want. I wish I could plant 50 to 100 from one cross. I'd LOVE to see the full range of what could be… I wish I had acres of land and was 15 to 20 years younger
. But I remain happy with what I have
I definitely will cross Blueberry Breakfast X Navajo Pony this summer. Seems a few of you found it to be a possibility. Margo Reed Indeed is one of my favorites. I have a few seeds from last summer of MRI X Navajo Pony and NP X MRI also.
I know having a goal is really important. That is one thing I lack. Hard for me to zero in on it. If I HAD to pick any goals they would be: Spiders or spider-like; purple/lavender or blue; star looking centers; and a light colored mid-rib (is it called?). Like Egg Plant Escapade (above) has. I'm making myself look MORE at bud count and branching (as Larry states). Very important. Even the most beautiful flower isn't great if you only get 7-9 blooms a year.
Thank you all for your input. Hopefully there will be more to come.