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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Aug 30, 2018 1:07 PM CST
I can't wait to see the offspring from that Montmartre x Absolute Treasure cross Jan.
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
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janwax
Aug 30, 2018 3:38 PM CST
Thank you, Leslie. Me too. That's the fun of it, playing matchmaker !
let the mystery be
Name: Liz
East Dover, VT (Zone 5a)
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Dachsylady86
Aug 30, 2018 7:45 PM CST
I agree That's a fabulous cross!

With the chaos of moving I didn't get to do hardly any dwarf crosses and had some confused/ faded tags since I couldn't keep as good of an eye on everything while traveling back and forth between houses. Here's what I ended up with for crosses this year that took (I don't think I posted last year's crosses yet, oh well):

Rare Blend X Imperial Guard
Rare Blend X Let's Play Dress Up
Rare Blend X Shadowed Moon
Rare Blend X Mixed Signals
Puzzled X Shadowed Moon
Belle Fille X Hopen fer Rain
Aubigny Auld Alliance X Shadowed Moon
Peach Pearl X Georgette Silk
Dark Energy X Mixed Signals
Dark Energy X Rise Like a Phoenix
Restless Spirit X French Butterfly
Painted Love X Unknown
Painted Love X Unknown (Party Rock or Bahia Cooler)
Shadowed Moon X Maypearl
Shadowed Moon X Espionage
Shadowed Moon X Let's Play Dress Up
Sweet Pink X Cher's Delight
Bazinga X Jitters
Cher's Delight X Devil Baby
Rum is the Reason X Requires Wires
Western Woman X Jupiter's Rings
Rustic Charm X Rum is the Reason
Not a Clue X Sights Unlimited
Crunch X Unknown (Inside Out or Puzzled)
Imperial Guard X Shadowed Moon
Margin Call X Dark Energy
Espionage X Color Wheel
Espionage X Shadowed Moon
Mixed Signals X Unknown (Rise Like a Phoenix or French Butterfly)
Inside Out X Unknown
Mood Ring X Unknown (Good On Ya or One of a Kind)

It's so hard to wait to see what could happen!
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
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AndreaD
Aug 30, 2018 9:52 PM CST
Wow, Liz, all those crosses took? I'm impressed!
You will have a very exciting spring in two years!

Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
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janwax
Aug 31, 2018 2:42 AM CST
What great crosses, Liz! I just planted several of the ones you crossed!
let the mystery be
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Aug 31, 2018 7:30 AM CST
Liz ~ You are going to have fun sorting out all those crosses, trying to figure out which ones you want to keep. That might even be harder than all the work you put in to producing them.

Have fun and good luck! Crossing Fingers! Hurray!

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens
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Name: Liz
East Dover, VT (Zone 5a)
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Dachsylady86
Aug 31, 2018 12:26 PM CST
Thank You! I'm so excited for the possibilities! Once things start blooming I'll share them on the forum.

Here are the successful seedling crosses from last year:

Kiss the Princess X Pepperjack
Magical X Mysterioso
Meteorite X Care to Dance
Meteorite X Imperial Edge
Let's Misbehave X Haunted Heart
Caramel N Chocolate X Mysterioso
Fruit Fusion X Gilty Pleasure
Superhero X Trumped
Trumped X Ciel Gris Sur Polly
Mixed Signals X Imperial Edge
Dazzle X Unknown (Meteorite or Mysterioso
Western Edge X Mysterioso
Baby Duck X Gilty Pleasure
Gypsy Lady X Table for Two
Mardi Gras Ball X Jelly Bean Parade
Care to Dance X Pixie Magic
Baby Duck X Gilt by Association
Jargon X Cat and Mouse
Backtrack X I Know You
Cat and Mouse X Victory March
Catnip X Canine Capers
Quench X Martian
Oh Canada X Unknown (Catnip or Cat and Mouse)
Bazinga X Dare
Twerk X Cat and Mouse
Ampersand X Bazinga
Wild Whimsey X Bazinga
Feel the Heat X Doxie Doodles
Signal Butte X Catnip
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Aug 31, 2018 2:24 PM CST
WOW! Hurray! Thumbs up

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
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Totally_Amazing
Aug 31, 2018 4:07 PM CST
Wow Liz! There are some interesting blends in those crosses that I am curious to see Thumbs up

Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
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AndreaD
Aug 31, 2018 4:42 PM CST
Liz, I look at your list and I wonder where are you going to set out all those seedlings. But when they bloom, oh will you have fun seeing how they came out!
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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shizen
Aug 31, 2018 9:17 PM CST
can't wait! (rubbing hands together with gleeful anticipation)
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
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janwax
Sep 1, 2018 1:27 PM CST
Liz I looked up a few of your crosses, and noticed Imperial Guard. It's just gone to the top of my want list. The Keppel touch... Lovey dubby

let the mystery be
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Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Sep 1, 2018 1:42 PM CST
I got Imperial Guard as a bonus this year! Sticking tongue out
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Name: Liz
East Dover, VT (Zone 5a)
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Dachsylady86
Sep 1, 2018 5:09 PM CST
Imperial Guard is so gorgeous Jan, you must have it! I had some trouble setting pods with it, but so happy I at least got one to take.
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
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janwax
Sep 3, 2018 3:13 PM CST
I may hav to wait until next year, though Liz...and save up for it! Hilarious!

some photos of seedlings - seeds started in October of 20016, and then seedlings in 2017. It's probably time to set them out.

Splash of Raspberry x Cowboy caviar
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Waimea Canyon x Poem of Ecstasy
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Name: Liz
East Dover, VT (Zone 5a)
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Dachsylady86
Sep 3, 2018 3:42 PM CST
Do you usually keep them in individual pots Jan or do you plant them in the ground eventually?
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
Hummingbirder Dog Lover Irises Region: California Organic Gardener Dahlias
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janwax
Sep 3, 2018 3:55 PM CST
The ones I'm most excited about go into a freshly amended bed, Liz. But if I'm running out of bed space, I move them into one gallon pots, one to a pot.
let the mystery be
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Sep 3, 2018 4:16 PM CST
I just took my seeds out of the "soaking vials", and now into vermiculite in Ziplock bags. They are now in the spare refrigerator in the crisper.
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“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
Hybridizer Region: United States of America Region: California Annuals Bulbs Butterflies
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evelyninthegarden
Sep 3, 2018 4:33 PM CST
As I mentioned before, I was just wondering if I could actually do this.
So the crosses are not that spectacular. Nevertheless, I am excited about two of them. And also I am curious about that bee/thrip pod with the tiny seeds.

Thornbird X Awesome Alex
Thornbird X Elegance in Blue
Samurai Warrior X Cruise to Autumn
Harvest of Memories X Cruise to Autumn
Afternoon Delight X Trillion
Fruit Sherbet X Samurai Warrior
Brilliance bee pod

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens
Name: Liz
East Dover, VT (Zone 5a)
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Dachsylady86
Sep 3, 2018 5:11 PM CST
How exciting Evelyn! I'm seeing some really fun crosses in there.

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