Sunday, May 12, 2013

Bendigo Beauty

In 1851, gold was discovered in a number of locations in Victoria and New South Wales, sparking the Australian Gold Rush. Two of the most significant sites were the Victorian towns of Ballarat and Bendigo. No doubt when they found a nugget, those early prospectors held it up and exclaimed, "You little beauty!"

The bright color here could start a gold rush. Deep gold, very ruffled, with an olive throat and good substance. Bendigo Beauty has a healthy budcount of 12-16, with three-way branching.

In making this cross, I wanted to combine the color saturation and fast increase of Virginia Peck's classic By Myself with the rounded ruffled form of Smuggler's Gold. This plant fulfills all three wishes. Foliage is a shade lighter and greener than sib Lemon Limerick. Very hardy and a rampant grower.  Admired by Mary Coupe.

By Myself x Smuggler's Gold
Flower 5 1/2 x 3 x 1 5/8"
Height 28"
Early Midseason

Introduced at: $45

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