Previously I lived in Sweden for nearly 20 years and my quest there was to hybridize auriculas to produce ever better plants suitable for the harsh Swedish climate. Whilst living there I also created and run Sweden’s Auricula Club. I've now returned to England to continue growing auriculas together with my daughter-in-law, Iris. Iris is also an enthusiastic & skilful Iris grower; many of her wonderful Irises can be seen on this blog.
21 Mar 2012
Starling x Blue Jean = ULRIKA
Starling 21 March 2012
Starling is a border (trädgårdsaurikel) that I obtained from England some years ago. I have been forcing it along with some other auriculas to bloom early for the Nordic Garden Show (Trädgårdsmässan), it has bloomed already. Starling is one of the parent plants for my own cross ULRIKA, I crossed it with Blue Jean to try and create a bluer variety. I’m rather pleased with ULRIKA is it is thrum eyed and not pin eyed like both of her parents. Thrum eyed is where the stigma is below the stamens (this is preferred), pin eyed is where the stigma is visible above the stamens. Starling produces very few offsets (divisions) and ULRIKA is the same, very few offsets are formed.