Auriculas of 2015, part 2

 

Double auricula 'Fred Booley'

Double auricula ‘Fred Booley’

 

This new seedling is from seed out of Arundel Stripe. The colour is dull and weak (“horse flesh” again?) and the paste (white ring) is thin and spotty, a sprinkling rather than a thick layer. Yet there may be reason to keep a poor plant like this.


The desirable qualities of its parents could show up in the next generation. And it might fit nicely, in a mass auricula planting, among flowers in faded or antique-looking yellows, browns, and purples.

 

Primrose Path

Primrose Path

A narrow strip, not more than 15 cm, between the sidewalk and the fence is packed with seed-grown auriculas. After three or four years, they are spilling onto the sidewalk. Now they need to be dug, divided, and replanted.

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Next, some of the best of the shaded purples and blues (dark colour fading, or brightening, at the edges).

This next one is a freak. It’s worth keeping for a couple of reasons (in addition to its being a freak). The colours — under the meal (white powder or farina), there is a light green, some yellow, pink, maybe orange (click to enlarge). The protruding stigma will be easy to pollinate, making this potentially a good seed parent. As a first-time bloomer, it deserves at least one more year to show what it can do.

But what, or whose, pollen to dab onto those super-eager stigmas?

Here is a new seedling that tried to bloom in October, and almost opened a bud before the days got too short and the nights too cold.

From what we can see, it is thrum-eyed (pollen-bearing parts prominent, unlike the flowers above, which are pin-eyed and have the pollen-receiving part prominent); the flowers have a light green edge under a coating of farina, red and orange stripes, and a good wide, if somewhat granular, paste. Another possible pollen parent could be ‘Parakeet’ — pointed petals with a farinose green edge, orange and yellow striped body, good solid paste. ‘Parakeet’ doesn’t bloom every year for me. I have a few pieces of it in different parts of the garden, trying to find a spot it likes. If either of these is in bloom at the same time as the pink and green pin, they could be an interesting match.

 

Dark self show auricula 'Nocturne'

Dark self show auricula ‘Nocturne’

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