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 Post subject: Thanksgiving Colors from Blc. Owen Holmes 'Encore'
PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 7:08 am 
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Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

The attached is Blc. Owen Holmes 'Encore'. This is from a sib cross I made of Owen Holmes 'Raleigh' x 'Mendenhall'. 'Raleigh' was a super-dark mahogany brick red, concolor, with no yellow in the lip. 'Mendenhall' you probably know aplenty. The original cross is (Harlequin 'Act 1' x Oconee); there were zero yellow tones in the original cross -- all were at least plum or red-purples and a good number were extremely dark red, which surprised me since, in a way, Harlequin can "act" like micholitzii in diffusing colors of the other parent. Then again, we did bring out literally more than 100 flasks of this cross from the lab!

I'm providing this photo because of its Thanksgiving colors, but you must please honor my request to not contact to current administrator of this plant because...they don't want to be swamped with requests for divisions (there are none available) and mericlones (there are none available). So it is for this reason that the photographer shall be known for today as, "Name Withheld." She would strangle me for posting this, but I gotta have some Thanksgiving fun with colors!!

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 Post subject: Re: Thanksgiving Colors from Blc. Owen Holmes 'Encore'
PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 1:06 pm 
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Thank you Walton. Happy Thanksgiving

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 Post subject: Re: Thanksgiving Colors from Blc. Owen Holmes 'Encore'
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I used to have a division of that plant. I bought it because it smelled like warm custard! Beautiful waxy flower and it's your hybrid? Congratulations!


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 Post subject: Re: Thanksgiving Colors from Blc. Owen Holmes 'Encore'
PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 3:02 pm 
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Thanks, Bob.

Yes, 'Encore' is from my sib cross. Later, Gene Crocker wisely chose to name this particular cultivar, 'Encore', as in, a "repeat performance" of Harlequin 'Act One'.

But let's be sure of something: If Bill Carter had followed all of the "rules" of the day, the original cross would have never been made. Thankfully, Bill had little use for "scientists," and made his crosses with a lot of home-work, but slightly less regard for the widely published experience of other folk who knew much about genetics but...never flowered out one singe hybrid of their own. I learned much from that. Back a long time ago, we could grow 3,000 seedlings or, in the case of Blc. Edisto, from multiple re-makes, 5,000 seedlings. Alas, those days are gone...but memories are bright and fresh! We must try to balance what the scientists say with what flowers on our benches, with no animosity involved; we should all be in this progress *together*.

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