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.
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.
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.
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.