Part 5 – Ruffled Bouquet Deluxe
Now Ruffled Bouquet Deluxe (Reckamp-Klehm, 1989) may be a cultivar you may not know but if you are interested in narrow toothy forms you may want to consider it. There is no parentage registered for this cultivar but Brother Charles used his lines exclusively from about the mid-70′s so it will be all his genetics. I was drawn to this cultivar by reports that Brother Charles favoured it for its strong branched scape and high bud count. Curiously it has been little used in hybridizing with only 3 registered kids from it – 2 by Vic Santa Lucia in 2000 and the other by Gary Schaben in 2007.
I have used this cultivar a fair bit mainly with narrower formed flowers and not necessarily with toothy cultivars. A cross with Julie Newmar produced several toothy cultivars, the one pictured (look in the previous post for image)here was the most dramatic. Others in this cross showed more colour with some but fewer shark’s teeth. A cross with it as a pollen parent to Forestlake Point Lace (which in my opinion is a better plant, better grower, with clearer colour and only marginally fewer teeth than the more famous F. Ragamuffin) (look in the previous post for image)as a pollen parent showed teeth on all seedlings from this cross.
Most Reckamp cultivars are in the polychrome colour range and will readily take on colour in a cross. As we move into some of the more recent Reckamp cultivars you will find that most of them have been hardly used in hybridizing. In my humble opinion this is a vast array of unexplored line-bred, northern hardy plants that clearly carry the genetics for good edges and teeth.
Next up, Ruffled Strawberry Parfait on the Daylily Teeth Blog.
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