Sunday, February 8, 2015

Black Key Polka

There's one kind of music that sets everybody's toes tapping--the polka! And when you play it on the black keys, you get a tune with some real pizzazz. Let's dance!

The deep red-violet inkblot eye spills out onto the petals and sepals almost like piano keys. The occasional extra petaloid or polymerous flower gives added interest. The orange anthers and butter-yellow base color make a strong contrast.

The mysterious spreading eye of Paper Butterfly has always fascinated me. Here it is on an open-faced flower atop a taller scape. Bob Brooks' Happy Bandit, the pollen parent, provides dormancy and a bit of twirl in the sepals. Starts last week of June here.

Paper Butterfly x Happy Bandit
Flower 6 x 2 1/2 x 1 1/2"
Height 28-32"
Early Midseason

Introduced at $95

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