Viewing post #839826 by teddahlia
|Hamari Accord produces normal sized tubers with very small necks that are easily broken when dug. So, the average person tends to lose their stock. It is not a real vigorous grower and it does need some special care to produce the show winning flowers. Having said that, it has won very many best in show awards. The flowers have a very slow to open pollen center and it can be picked many days before a show. During these days before the show, it continues to develop and it achieves great depth. It has great symmetry and every ray floret seems to be in exactly the correct position. Since the color is a medium yellow, it generally has few color flaws. If the same flower were red or purple, it would not win in shows nearly as much as the darker colors show more flaws such as uneven color or slight fading or even rain spots.
If you are a show fanatic you definitely have an excellent chance of doing very well with Hamari Accord(or Light Accord, a lighter yellow sport). Having sung all the praises of the great Hamari Accord, it is being replaced in many show gardens by Narrows Tricia, purportedly a seedling of Hamari Accord.
Narrows Tricia is easier to grow and grows nearly a foot taller than Hamari Accord. The tubers are no bigger but they have normal necks and are easy to keep. The flowers are essentially the same color although they are slightly different and I believe Narrows Tricia is just a bit lighter yellow. Narrows Tricia was so similar to Hamari Accord that in the UK they insisted initially that they were the same variety. Genetic testing proved that wrong. Narrows Tricia has a bit of tendency to be just a bit down facing in some people's gardens(and not in others!). Since Narrows Tricia is easier to grow and exhibit, it has been doing quite well in the shows. I do not believe it is a case of Narrows Tricia winning over a well presented Hamari Accord but rather that fewer people are exhibiting Hamari Accord.
We like to place a sign on our porch that says: We are in the garden. Really, we are always in the garden.