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Well, I suppose I should define what *I* mean when I say 'pure red." Grower biases must be factored into variety evaluations, and my bias is an intense dislike for solid reds that have orange undertones. I culled Barbarossa, Taratahi Ruby, Bryn Teryn, Skywalker and others because of the orangy red. I'm sure plenty of folk would either disagree with me, or not be turned off by the confused red.
I enjoyed AC Cloud & Rain quite a bit this season, but my two plants gave me just enough to replace them next season. Bloomed early Aug, grew 5.5' tall, and had only a couple funky flowers the whole season. The blooms didnt get as full as I expected, so the plants might have appreciated more water and fertilizer, along with double disbudding.
Ed Kuhn was phenomenal early in the season, reaching four feet and having amazing form & recurve to the stem... too bad it didnt hold steady, as the form deteriorated and color had an orange cast by fall.
My single plant of Rejman's Polish Kid was heartwrenchingly squished, but still eeked out enough blooms for me to want it next year. Too bad it only gave me two iffy tubers. I was shocked at how tiny the blooms were... its classified as a miniature, and I knew that, but still the tininess came as a shock.