Harold Koopowitz, California

A few green flowers.

January 9, 2014

Category: General

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Daffnet has been quiet for several days so here are a few flowers for those of you still buried under the arctic vortex.



I posted an earlier picture of these flowers (5G-O) as the first florets were starting to open. Now the second florets are developing and one can see how the corona color changes from solid green to a bright orange. The green petals mature  to a bright lemon with only a hint of green.  In the foreground is a sibling starting to open for the first time.

Misty Glen x green sdlg.

Several years ago Brian Duncan suggested that one should try and get the green color into standard spring flowers. So I applied mixed pollen from several green flowers to Misty Glen (2W-GWW). Here is the first of these seedlings to flower. Quite disappointing but sometimes there is educational value in looking at the also rans. I don’t think this is nearly as good as Bob Spotts’ greens but will have to see if it will breed on.

7Y-G (unknown parents)

I rather like this starry yellow with a tiny green cup. I have no idea what it comes from. This bulb was left behind after I dug out and threw out the entire row of seedlings. Except for this one (which I do not remember flowering before) the others all gave distorted flowers and I not only threw them out but disposed of the label as well.

Lima's Green Success

Lima’s Green Success can be somewhat variable in coronal color, occasionally the rim is hardly present. In this flower the rim is quite distinct. This cultivar has produced several interesting seedlings with shades of green in their petals. I continue to use it.

Hope everyone digs out of the snow soon.




3 Responses to A few green flowers.

  1. Dave Hardy, Northern Ireland
    Dave Hardy, Northern Ireland
    January 10, 2014 at 3:39 am


    Thank you for adding a very interesting post. Here in N. Ireland we seem to be avoiding the arctic blast. We have however been particularly wet and been blasted by very strong winds coming across the Atlantic from the East coast of the US. There is talk of a cold snap coming in over the next week heading our way and we may eventually get some ‘proper’ winter weather.

    It was very interesting to see the photo of the ‘Misty Glen’ cross. I woud love to see the green introduced into a more delicate white standard. Possible something like ‘Chinchilla’. I am very new to this and maybe I am suggesting obvious errors. I do have Season’s Greeting coming into bloom at the moment and would consider saving some pollen to do a cross with ‘Chinchilla’ this spring. I would appreciate comments about my suggestion as to whether I would be wasting my time with this.

    Many Thanks


  2. Harold Koopowitz, California
    Harold Koopowitz, California
    January 10, 2014 at 6:54 am

    Hi Dave:

    Wish you could send some of that rain over here. We are having one of the driest years on record.

    I have never tried to breed with Season’s Greetings. According to my calculations it is probably a triploid and may be sterile. You would probably be better off using Lima’s Green Success.

    Best of luck


  3. Dave Hardy, Northern Ireland
    Dave Hardy, Northern Ireland
    January 10, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Thanks Harold.

    I have made a number of crosses this last year and starting to get germination. Will see about getting Lima’s Green Success this year.