, R. 1966). Seedling 63-26L. TB, 40" (102 cm), Late midseason to very late bloom. Dark blue self. 'Salem'
X 'Mountain Music'
. Fleur de Lis 1966. Honorable Mention 1968.
| DIPLOMAT (Tompkins ' 66) EM. VL. 40 in. Salem x Mountain Music. We bloomed 678 sdlgs. from this cross and there wasn't really a poor one in the whole group. It was quite a task, deciding which to keep for the color range ran from Flax blue through deep Navy and also through the Lavender blue range and the form and style as well as size varied greatly. Of those we did keep, Diplomat has from the first been one of my two top favorites and a favorite with visitors. It is very large and beautifully formed with extra broad petals, the stands being perfectly domed and the falls just flaring enough to show their great size and ultra broad hafts to perfection. The heavily ruffled flowers are completely clean and the dark but glowing Hayes blue color is intensified by a bright Ultramarine beard. Tall, wonderfully branched Mt. Music type stalks show the huge ruffled flowers to fine advantage. No. 63-26L. Net 25.00. [Fleur De Lis Gardens, Canby, Oregon, Catalog, 1966].
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