Bob Spotts, California

viridiflorus progeny

February 27, 2009

Categories: Breeding, Hybridizing, Seedling

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Thank you for the kind words on my seedlings. Most of my crosses have used pollen from Manuel Lima’s seedlings. Many of his favorite seedlings came from his cross Jetfire x viridiflorus. Most of these exhibit very little cyclamineus character, being multi-floreted Y-Y and not significantly reflexed. (Only a couple are Y-O.) But, I crossed two of these and have gotten a maiden bloom this year that resembles a smaller Jetfire. Several maiden blooms this year are from using Jetfire x viridiflorus pollen. I’ll watch these in the future.
I have preferred using pollen from Manuel’s Actaea x viridiflorus seedlings because they have orange cups (or rims). His best cross for breeding white/green seedlings is Easter Moon x viridiflorus.
The photos I posted minimize (or eliminate) the greenish cast of the perianths of the seedlings. This green usually fades within a few days. At opening, the perianth colors are captivating!
At 04:50 AM 2/27/2009, you wrote: >Good morning Bob: > >Your seedlings are amazing! It’s so much fun to watch this line expand >and you have clearly taken it across the divisions. I must say the split >from Jack Wood is my favorite. Out of curiosity, have you had tried or >had any success with any cyclamineus blood, or will that now be possible >in the third generation? What beauty the future holds! > >I hope your spring is very successful. > >Jason > > >

One response to “viridiflorus progeny”

  1. Becky Fox Matthews, Tennessee Becky Fox Matthews says:

    Bob, I think all of these are enchanting! The Jack Wood seedling is also one of my favorites, and Triple Crown x (Actaea x viridiflorus) is lovely. I like the yellow Ashmore x (Easter Moon x viridiflorus). Dawn Run x (Actaea x viridiflorus)–cute and wonderful color! It looks so full; does it have more than 6 petals? Cheltenham x (Actaea x viridiflorus)–interesting cup and great color! Do you have Cheltenham? (I see there are no photos for it on Daffseek.) “A smaller Jetfire” sounds exciting. It must be wonderful to see all these seedlings in person. I don’t think I would be able to leave home with all those to look at! ;->
    Lots of things are in bloom here in Tennessee. It’s not light out yet and I’m wondering what all the daffs in bud and bloom look like after about an inch of rain yesterday. It’s still raining some this morning. We’ve had a few nice days and the temps are dropping again today, supposed to be in the low 20’s by tonight with a prediction of snow. As always, I’ll believe it when I see it! Weather reporters here love to use the “s” word, but we rarely see it accumulate. I’ve seen some several pretty snowfalls this year, but only one accumulation of about 2 inches that barely lasted overnight.
    Here’s a photo of some of the early perennialized daffs that came from my yard. All of these had bent stems from a previous cold snap, so I picked them to spread some yellow fever at work.
    Becky Fox Matthews that daffy girl near Nashville