■(SPX) 'Date With Destiny'
'Date With Destiny'
( Paul Black
, R. 2009). Sdlg. K297B. SPEC-X, 18" (46 cm), Midseason to late bloom. Standards medium violet-blue; style arms same, grey-white edges; Falls medium plum haft blending to red violet becoming pale violet at edge, dark violet-blue center stripe extending ¾ way down, hafts veined white; beards light violet tipped old gold in throat, brassy gold in middle, white at end; ruffled; pronounced spicy fragrance. 'Alberta Clipper'
sibling. Mid-America 2009. Honorable Mention 2012, Award of Merit 2014
Species X - most closely resembles a very short IB - Date With Destiny, along with its sib Alberta Clipper, has the potential to add an almost unimagineable dimension to the SDB class and to a lesser degree the IB class. Traditional SDBs usually have one branch and 2-3 buds. On occasion one will have 2 branches and 4-6 buds. The problem has been that the later types tend to open multiple blooms on branching that is too close to display them without becoming a bunchy mess. In this respect, Date With Destiny overcomes this problem. Amazingly, the foliage remains short so as not to interfere with the flowers and well-spaced branching provides plenty of space for them to open properly without bunching. Flowers also remain proportionately small. The other major effect is pushing SDB bloom time well into TB season. I say FABULOUS! Classically formed flowers have mid violet blue standards and blended band on darker red violet falls. This represents an amazing pool of genetic material.
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- Branching, branching, branching! -- LoicT - 10 Dec 2009