Cute colors and if it has lots of good cut flower traits, it may be a good one for cut flowers. Specifically, vigorous plants that are about 4 feet tall, lots of flowers, good stems, non-fading blooms, and finally, lots of good sized easy to keep tubers. And the most important trait of all: it must look good in a bouquet. I personally like it's good looks and wonder what the cut flower growers would say about it? Then it needs a catchy name that is easy to remember.
I debated on keeping it but the colors were pretty and it has excellent parentage , The seed parent is a WL so it has little depth but is darn cute in a vase even though it is a bee cross I have a very good guess at the pollen parent .
My notes are brief and state a 4.5" bloom on a 4' plant . It muscled its way to blooming in a very crowded section of the seedling parch , I have a couple of small isolated places I can grow a couple of things like this without interfering with our program .
The cut flower people are always saying why don't you breed more cut flowers. I have found that breeding cut flowers is a bit tougher than breeding the average show flower. The traits that are necessary for cut flowers are sometime difficult to achieve. Vigor is a minor issue for show flowers but it is essential for cut flowers. Long, nice stems are required for cut flowers but show flowers need only have an average length of stem. Cut flowers need to be floriferous and show flowers need only a few nice flowers to succeed. Show flowers can have blossoms that fade easily while cut flowers cannot. Tuber production for show flowers can be meager but cut flower people do not have the time to deal with low tuber production.
Breeding cut flowers is probably a bit of a misnomer as most of us just evaluate our show seedlings for cut flower characteristics. That is probably why I have a difficult time with the cut flowers. We are starting to breed specifically for some cut flowers and have been planting some seeds from our most successful cut flower, HH Black Beauty. It has all of the cut flower attributes in spades and does make seeds. Since the seedlings are Black Beauty crossed with pollen from mostly show flowers, the seedlings have been variable but they seem to have lots of vigor and darker colors. We have kept several for further evaluation. I suppose we ought to select a really good Swan Island cut flower or two and cross them with Black Beauty. I could just go over to Swan Island and with permission, harvest some Black Beauty seeds there. That would be really interesting.
This cut flower grower likes that a LOT. I love the deep pink. Does it hold up well in sunlight? It has such a lacy look to it.It reminds me of the fashion trim on clothing in the 50-60's when I was a young girl. Have you heard of ric-rac? I think that is how it was spelled.
It was an undulating trim in a contrasting color. I would love to test that one out as a cut flower for you :-)
I believe that is the only photo we have and as you can tell the bloom is not all of the way open so the color is still pretty bright but I do remember it fading at least a bit as the bloom matured however the seedling patch received uninterrupted full sun from probably 9am on , I do not believe that it lightened up to its sisters shade though , it stayed a bit darker
From same seed parent
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder: This one has variegations that are very faint and look like tiny bugs or color blemishes to me. It would seem to me that if it were in a bouquet, the colors are weak and the spots would not be apparent.
Having said that someone said the color for 2016 is light pink with no yellow.
I think we just got attached to it and as commen you start hoping it could be just a bit better , I had a notion of crossing it back to the mother and trying to keep the color and speckles but in a WL form , however when you say it out loud it sounds like a lot of work for probably little gain
I saved this picotee seedling from HH Tigress it badly wants to be a cactus but I want to cross it with a picotee WL seedling I have from another seed parent . I believe the colored edges will be far batter displayed on the waterlily florets than the rolled petals of a cactus
Yes has very dark wiery stems , not sure they are quite " black " but very dark . I also know it makes seeds but I did not save any this year from it .
I plan to try a hand cross with it and this WL seedling