John McLennan, New Zealand

More Red / Pinks and Others from Graham Phillips .

December 6, 2013
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Many  of  you  will  have  visited  the  big  commercial  gardens  of  Graham  Phillips , just  out  of  Hamilton .He  is  one  of  the  biggest  Kiwi  cutflower  growers  ,  a  very  regular  supplier  to  the  big  markets  in  Auckland  and  Hamilton .He  is  a  second  generation  yellow  fever  addict  and  through  his  fathers  early  contacts  with  Grant  Mitsch  and  the  Havens  , Graham  has  been  exposed  to  the  red / pink  developments  for  many  decades .  Graham  has  made  several  visits  to  the  U S A  and  has  seen  first  hand  the  advances  made , importing  a  range  of  bright  flowers  that  have  impressed  him .He  is  very  well  known  in  the  markets  for  his  beautiful  early  season  pinks  but  has  also  bred  some  very  bright  red / pinks .He  has  been  particularly  keen  to bring  this  colour  forward  in  the  season;  they  have  traditionally been  late  to  very  late  in  our  season . Here  are  a  few  of  his  seedlings  ,  again  , not  all  r / pinks  but  all  very  attractive  flowers  . Some  of  these  long  pedigrees  will  show  you  that  he  has  been  at  for  quite  a  few  seasons .

 

LUVIT LUVIT  was  one  of  the  first  that  Graham  registered  .Breeding    QUASAR  —  X  —  RECITAL  .  Thanks  Malcolm  Lind  for  this  photo  from  the  Gisborne  National .

 

 

 

M  20-1M – 20 – 1  RUBY  ROMANCE    —  X  —  LUVIT  , – has  good  form  and  three  lovely  colour  zones  . An  early  September  flowering  time  is  also  useful .

 

 

 

A  cross  S – 70   ,  gave  Graham  a  large  number  of  selections  .  Breeding  is  Ruby  Duby  —  x  — [ { My  Word x Arbar  sdlg  } – x – Precedent x Debutante  ] – x – Spaceship – x – Magician . As  you  can  see ,  a   lot  of  very  good  colour  flowers and  some  top  show  flowers  of  their  day  .Here  are  three  selections  from  the  cross .S 70-1 (3)

 

S – 70 – 1       ;  form  perhaps  a  little  pointed  but  strong    colour .

 

 

 

S70-2 S70-2 (2)

 

 

 

 

 

S – 70 – 2   ,  more  orange  pink  than  red  but  very  interesting  colour  zoning  .

S 70-5 (4)

 

 

S 70-5 (3)

 

 

S – 70 – 5  –  ,  , great  colour  and  just  over  smallcup  size .

 

 

 

 

H  6-5 (2)   RUBY  DUBY H  6-5 (3) H  6-5   RUBY  DUBY RUBY  DUBY  ,  soon  to  be  registered  , (   sdlg H – 6 – 5  )  is  one  that  I  have    ,  it  is  a  very  well  formed  and  coloured  flower  but  its  greatest  asset  is  it,s  early  flowering  time .This  is  a  real  step  forward  ;  it  flowers  here  in  late  August and  in  some  seasons  , a  lot  earlier  for  Graham .  Naturally  it  has  been  used  a  lot  for  breeding  and  is  the  seed parent  of  the  S – 70  series  shown  .Breeding  is    —    Quasar  —  x  —  ( [ Precedent – x – Rosewyn ]  -x  –  Audubon  )

H  10-1 (3) H  10-1 (2)

 

 

 

 

 

Another  with  intriguing  colour   zones  and  good  form  is H – 10 – 1    ,  breeding  (  Recital – x – Quasar )  —  x  —  B – 18 – 1

 

In  recent  seasons  Graham  has  been  using  a  few  flowers  from  Colin  Crotty  in  his  R /Pink  program  , aiming  for  this  sharp  colour  which  sells  very  well  , from  the  start  of  the  season  ( June  —  July )  until  the  first  week  in  October  finish  .

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One Response to More Red / Pinks and Others from Graham Phillips .

  1. Mary Lou Gripshover, Ohio
    Mary Lou Gripshover, Ohio
    December 6, 2013 at 11:55 am

    ‘Luvit’ — what a great name!  And I certainly do!

    Thanks for posting all the great photos, John.