May 3, 2009

Categories: Hybridizing, Seedling

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Dear Derrick and All,
What a splendid color on D2487. Hope Brian decides to introduce it. My up front ulterior motive: I want it! It raises a question I’ve asked while trying to identify some of my plants with departed labels: is there a clear borderline between Divisions 2 and 3, or do different people sometimes make different classification determinations?
A fascinating Daffodil in my garden now is the double poeticus. I didn’t breed it; it happened. It used to be my latest Daffodil, and in fact still is, because ‘Sinopel’ never actually opens. This year ‘Sinopel’ has only one bud, which so far shows no sign of being spoiled, but probably soon will. I plan to put it in the most derelict outlying site I can find. That may be exactly what it likes. I’ll bet railway cinders will keep it healthy.

2 responses to “D2487”

  1. David Adams says:
    The measurement of daffodil cultivars often depends on the honesty of the raiser. In a hard to get colour code a raiser has often registered a cultivar based on its appearance rather than its actual measurement. Or, dare one say, ‘based on its commercial value.’ For the cultivars you are trying to identify identification may be made more difficult by this circumstance.
    At a show in Wanganui, in a division three collection class,’ there was a vase of three stems of a numbered seedling. All flowers closely measured Div 2 so I NAS’d the entry. The hybridiser took one look and said “Okay I’ll register it then,” meaning in Div 3. His highly respected Christian values took a little dip in my estimation. In the end I don’t believe the cultivar was registered.
    Corbiere certainly looks like a trumpet and wins well in a scarce to get colour code. I wonder if anyone measured it this year?
  2. Don Hackenberry says:

    Dear All,
    Definitely I also have some “is it a 3 or a 9?” puzzles right now. I’m sure they have 9 ancestry. We had a glorious season this year, but the couple times it hit 90° F put the main season ones past their prime, and it was good to have 9s and other late varieties to keep the season from ending too abruptly. It begins with miniatures (‘Rijnveld’s Early Sensation’ is an exception to that), the spectacular part is in the middle, then it ends with the dainty and elegant. A 3 W-P would be more prestigious than a 2 W-P; how about a 1 W-P? Are there any? Surely it is a possibility; let’s make it a reality.