p and a and more a

planning and adjustment and more adjustment is a close description.  it is fairly accurate and gives a sense of the situation.  i will skip some of the details for the sake of keeping to the point.  i won’t talk about tetraploid crosses.  those that have twice as many sets of chromosomes.  and i won’t talk about the multiple factors that can keep me from making some crosses.  i will just talk about the flowers from tonight and one flower from last night.  the flower from last night is one that i would like to cross with each of the flowers from tonight.  it is tall and red and spidery.  most of the flowers from tonight are similar in one or more ways.  the exception is the apricot colored flower tonight.  the reason for all of the crosses is to see what happens in the next generation.  some of these crosses will happen.  some will refuse to happen because the genetics will be incompatible.  some will refuse to happen this coming year and might happen the following year.  then again that is only if i remember the following year.  or if i don’t come across a much more fascinating cross.  and then there is musical chairs in the garden.  each year spring and fall the music plays and each plant needs to find a chair before the music stops.  and of course each year i keep changing the music as my fascination wanders the garden.

14-014 12-0702-001 Lola Branham x Gail Braunstein ) x Venus of Willendorf

14-109 Dark Counterpoint x Scandinavia

14-0722-001 black plush x trahlyta) x Wind Frills

14-0722-001 black plush x trahlyta) x Wind Frills

6 thoughts on “p and a and more a

    1. John Hric Post author

      There is a two round surcharge for the actual description plus you must be sworn to secrecy on a bumble bee bible. Pick any two flowers. Make sure the pollen capsule is open and the pollen is dry and fluffy. So you have to wait a bit after the pollen capsule opens. snap the stamen off near the base so you can hold it like a brush with the pollen capsule at the free end. walk to the flower you want to be the pod parent. look for the pistil in the center of the flower. it is the one without the pollen capsule on the end. brush some of the pollen on the tip of the pistil. done. you can at that point attach a tag with the cross information. if everything works in one to two months you will have a ripe seed pod.

      1. John Hric Post author

        If you are going to use eye of newt it must be dry. and newts being amphibians will complain about that. and if you will note my simple abbreviated instructions the pollen needs to be dry. It is like gun powder – keep it dry. Water destroys the pollen, once wet it is useless. Oh you might want to sample one adult beverage before applying the pollen to the pistil. It steadies the hand.

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