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 Post subject: Mem. Jim Mollen 'Walton's Favorite'
PostPosted: Sat Jul 29, 2017 12:43 pm 
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I made this hybrid from really, really old parent plants. This is named in memory of one of my best friends; we lost him in Baghdad in Iraq 1 -- at the time, he was [luckily] only one of two US Department of State (non-military) people lost in the war. Jim was in charge of re-instating the traditional Iraqi University system, which historically involved many women. Jim placed experienced women on his team to re-build the University system, and was then "targeted" by a now also deceased Iraqi old-school person (Abu Musab al-Zarqawi) who considered involving women in education to be a significant sin. Jim was supposed to come home four days later than when we lost him. Sorry for the backstory, if anyone is offended, but please know that Jim was a wonderful, loving and effective public servant. In any event, ENJOY THE PLANT, at least!

Edit: Photo credit to Bridget Uzar

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Beautiful hybrid and good sentimental story, Walton. Thank you for sharing.

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Thank's for sharing your photo and memories. I love the flower - it would definitely find a nice place in our home.

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 Post subject: Re: Mem. Jim Mollen 'Walton's Favorite'
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naturegirl72 wrote:
Thank's for sharing your photo and memories. I love the flower - it would definitely find a nice place in our home.


Thanks, Sylvi; I am very flattered. I hope to have divisions in a couple years...maybe we could get one "across the pond" to you somehow then?
All best,
Walton

Edit: ooops -- sorry, I misspelled your name!
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 Post subject: Re: Mem. Jim Mollen 'Walton's Favorite'
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A very beautiful flower for someone who trying to do sooo much good for the world.


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 Post subject: Re: Mem. Jim Mollen 'Walton's Favorite'
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Dewey wrote:
A very beautiful flower for someone who trying to do sooo much good for the world.
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Thanks, Dewey; Jim's work was literally around the world...he also established a foundation for seriously at-risk youth in Haiti -- Jim just could not do enough for others. I have a couple of crosses in mind and hope that they work out well so that we can extend the appreciation for Jim's work farther along.

I should have mentioned earlier that the cross pictured is itself Lc. Carl Bornshine (1964) x Lc. Aristocrat 'Mark' (1957); even with such nearly ancient parents, this is as good a full-figured splash petal as any I see elsewhere in modern times and it is not from C. intermedia, so the flowers are huge.

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Great story. Nice to see folks remembered.

The shape of this is fantastic, especially for what it is. The flaring (from trianae?) is just gravy......


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RandyT wrote:
Great story. Nice to see folks remembered.

The shape of this is fantastic, especially for what it is. The flaring (from trianae?) is just gravy......
Thanks, Randy, and you're exactly correct: the flaring is from trianae. Lc. Carl Bornshine 'Newberry' is capable of good, but not great shape. The shape in Mem. Jim Mollen comes from Lc. Aristocrat 'Mark', which had round, overlapping petals. Sadly, I do not know of a plant of that cultivar still in existence, but perhaps it is there somewhere. I also used Lc. Marcia Foster 'Dark Beauty' onto the same Lc. Carl Bornshine and, on the whole, that cross had better shape, but this particular cultivar is the pick of the litter.

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