My introductions are featured in Don Albers' Garden
for the National Convention in Mrytle Beach, SC
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Roll-O-Plane - now holding for increase
Growing up in what is now known as the Bricktown neighborhood of Chicago, I lived only three blocks from Riverview Amusement Park and roller rink. I spent much of my time there, riding coasters, traversing fun houses, and playing arcade games.
From the attic of my parents' massive late 1800's Victorian, the neighborhood kids would climb the many stairs to sit under the eight foot tall windows and watch the July 4th fireworks.
We could always hear ladies gleefully screaming from the Pair-O-Chutes tower, and the famous Bobs roller coaster. Warm, still summer days you could hear the organ music wafting through the windows of the roller rink, and I would run for my skates.
Such fond memories to name my blooms after!
Bubble Bounce - now holding for increase
Scape Height 18in., Bloom size 2.25in., Early Season, Dormant, Diploid 18 buds, 3 branches, fast rebloom for long bloom season, in good years lasting from mid June through August in my 4b zoned garden.
This miniature is a wide petaled, softly hued salmon pink with rose veining, brushed rose banding, prominent midribs and piecrust ruffling. An early morning opener that forms a crysanthemum style mound of blooms. Scapes are close, but not into the foliage, with no crowding of flowers. Easily both pod and pollen fertile.
Martin Kamensky was kind enough to share three seedlings with me back in 2011, and Bubble Bounce was one of them. It was such a joy to have true miniatures to work with, and I appreciate Martin's generosity. He was happy to know Bubble Bounce was being registered.
Bubble Bounce is a deceptive ride. Not only does it go around, but each cart spins, manually by all the riders in the cart. The more you hang on to the center wheel and pull, the faster the cart will spin. While you go around in a circle, the ride lifts up and down, and centrifugal force takes over, spinning you even faster.
Wild Mouse - now holding for increase
Bring Nature to Your World
Suzanne's select seedlings
Scape Height 37in., Bloom size 6.5in., Early Season, Dormant, Diploid 19 buds, 3 branches
Warm white with a sweeping blush rose eye. Most unique is the crimped tawny blotch of color in the center of each petal, creating a pattern. Sepals strongly quill, with hooks at the tips. The tousled edge and elongated chartreuse throat finish the show. Easily both pod and pollen fertile.
This bloom was originally from Jane Saliaris' seedling bed, located in Jamie Gossard's garden. Jane had promised to send it to me, but then fell ill and passed. Jamie was kind enough to send along Jane's gift to me.
I rode Roll-O-Plane just once. I became violently ill, and knew my aspirations of spacewalking were dashed. For those not familiar, not only does it go around like a Ferris Wheel, but the bullet seats spin at the same time. To add insult to injury, the operator would stop it, and throw it into reverse, ensuring everyone on the ride would be ill after getting off the ride!
The Daylilies of Suzanne Eck
Scape Height 37in., Bloom size 5.5in., Early Season, Dormant, Diploid, 3 branches, 12 buds conservatively
Rich raspberry red holds a dusky halo and dusky veining, and a tight lime throat. The midribs are pale and wiry, with an edge of ivory picotee. Both pod and pollen fertile. As a small spider, it's ratio is 4.08: 1. As a cascade the sepals recurve, and as a crispate, the tips twist. Wild Mouse is a shape-shifter, and is highly variable in scape height (32-54 inches) and bud count (9-17) as well as form. (Little Jasper Spider x The Mouse That Roared).
Mentored by Pat Cochenour for small spider and small UF programs, Pat gifted me seedling 135A, which was later introduced as 'The Mouse That Roared'.
Wild Mouse was one of my favorite rides at Riverview Park. A small roller coaster, it had extremely tight twists and turns. Cars held only two people who were seated forward in the car. At every turn you thought you would fly off the track and into the Chicago river, being built on it's banks. I knew right away I would be giving this plant the name. My mentor, Pat Cochenour, sent one of her seedlings to me to work with, 135A. Later named The Mouse That Roared, it is the pollen parent of Wild Mouse.