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.
20 Jan 2013
Open pollinated seedlings.
Open pollinated seedling.
These are two of the seedlings which came from open
pollinated seeds gathered in 2010, bloomed for the first time in 2012. You never know what you are going to get when auricula
seeds are open pollinated, the results are very seldom worth naming, but can
make an interesting addition to your collection as an oddity. Most of mine end
up being planted out in my auricula borders.
I must admit I no longer sow very many open
pollinated seeds but concentrate on doing specific crosses. In this way I can
choose two parents that hopefully will give me the desired result I’m looking