Thursday, February 22, 2018

Beach City Blues

Deep blue sky and deep blue water,
Color trickles through my shoes;
Chased the lover, then I caught her,
Called the Beach City Blues.

You know how it is: another day in paradise. But losing somebody is an ache that doesn't go away. And even the brightest sun can't erase the shadows from your heart.

This flower with its bluish highlights and subtle shadow-eye caught my attention from the first. It's a mulberry-lavender bitone with a blue-illusion eye (which my camera found difficult to capture). Petals have raspberry veining and a scalloped pencil edge in white (and sometimes blue and gold). The lighter sepals sometimes have a white thumb-print at the tips. The chartreuse throat leads to a very green heart.

Up to 5 way branching, with a budcount that ranges from 20 to 27. Fertile both ways. 

Nothing beats the blues like an AHS convention. This flower is named in honor of the 2018 convention in Myrtle Beach, where it was an auction plant.  

Seedling 11-H-3 (Court Magician x Big Blue) x Blue-Eyed Angel)
Height 28-30"
Flower 5 ½ x 3 ¼ x 1 ¾

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