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These are pictures from 2013 in no specific order. ‘***’ indicates especially noteworthy plant.

Adelle Lovit

Adele Lovett – A hybrid of Nat Hess. Named for an old friend of Nat’s. ‘Cavalcade’ x hardy fortunei. ‘Cavalcade’ is (‘Essex Scarlet’ x griersonianum)

TT170  TT97 x West coast red  TT97= Mars x Jean Marie

TT170

TT170= TT97 x West coast red   TT97= Mars x Jean Marie

TT178 = TT97 x West Coast Red

TT178 = TT97 x West Coast Red

 

TT185

TT185

TT185 = TT97 x West Coast Red. Perfect red color, orange tint. Low growing. One of the best reds. Color is much better than picture indicates.

 

TT193

TT193

TT193 = Appricot Fantasy x Martha Phipps. Very impressive flower. Yellow with red flair. Leggy. Bloomed 5/15

 

TT194 = Scintillation x Martha Phipps

TT194 = Scintillation x Martha Phipps

TT194 = Cross 90-25. ‘Scintillation’ x ‘Martha Phipps’. White with red flare! The flair came from ‘Scintillation’, but where did the white color come from?

 

TT195

TT195

TT195 = (‘Scintillation’ x ‘1000 Butterflies’) x (‘Margolit’ x ‘Martha Phipps’). George Woodard cross 10/99. Large, many flowered truss. Pink with flare, perfect truss form.

 

 

TT199= Whitestone x (Dumper Yellow x Phipps 32)

TT199= Whitestone x (Dumper Yellow x Phipps 32)

TT199 = ‘Whitestone’ x (‘Dumper Yellow’ x Phipps 32). Double light yellow, very bad habit

TT202

TT202

TT202 = (‘Peter Faulk’ x ‘Red Crown’) x (“Annanouri x ‘Howard Kuhn’) Sister of TT220.

 

 

TT208 = 'Jean Marie' x 'Wardance'

TT208 = ‘Jean Marie’ x ‘Wardance’

TT208 = ‘Jean Marie’ x ‘Wardance’. Seed from Dave Leach which he received from Australia. Good red, many flowers, open growing. Bloomed 5/25

 

TT215

TT215 = ‘Margolit’ x ‘Sam Everitt’ Peach/pink. Top petal reflexed. No blast.

TT217

TT217= ‘Parker’s Pink’ x ‘Martha Phipps’. Medium pink.

TT220

***TT220 = ‘Peter Faulk’ x ‘Red Crown’ x (‘Annanouri x ‘Howard Kuhn’) 6″ truss, very red Poor plant habit

TT225

TT225 = ‘Jean Marie’ x (‘Peter Faulk’ x ‘Red Crown’). Very large flower, good red, not scarlet, looks polyploid. Won’t take 2n pollen.

TT227

TT227 ‘Mrs. Howard Phipps’ x Phipps 32 x ‘1000 Butterflies’. Cross by George Woodard 1993. Good yellow, smallish truss, good plant habit.

TT228

TT228 = TT104 x TT105 Large flower and truss, good yellow.

TT235

TT235 = ‘Marybelle’ x ‘Skipper’ x Yak x 32 x ‘V. Waltz’ x ‘Gosh Darn’. Cross by George Woodard. Almost orange. No blast. Best seedling at early NY ARS show 4/21/10

TT236

TT236 = (‘Jean Marie’ x ‘Wardance’) x (haematodes x yak)

TT238

TT238 = ‘Halfdem Lem’ x ‘Acclaim’. Very good red, leggy 5/4

TT239

TT239 = ‘Margolit’ x ‘Woodbench’. Very good pink, perfect truss form.

TT243

***TT243 = ‘Parker’s Pink’ X ‘Martha Phipps’ Bi-color, cherry red/white. Large flowers, large truss. Holds leaves 2 years.

TT250 CLOSE UP

TT250 (CLOSE UP) = ‘Parker’s Pink’ X ‘Martha Phipps’. Bi-color, cherry red/white. Large flowers, large truss. Holds leaves 2 years.

TT251

TT251 = (‘Jean Marie’ x’ Wardance’) x (haemaleum x yak). 4/16/12 good red color. Still a small plant but truss is good size.

TT252

TT252 = ‘ Whitestone’ x ‘Dexter Spice’. Full truss with double flowers. Top flower in truss. Mauve color. Leggy.

TT256

TT256 = (‘Glass White’ x fabia) x {(Phipps 32 x yak) x ‘Mrs. Horace Fogg’} 4/21 Big yellow, medium shade, good truss form.

TT257

TT257 = (‘Peter Faulk’ x ‘Red Crown’) x ‘Jean Marie’ 4/24 Good color red, good size truss.

TT259

TT259 = ‘Scintillation’ x ‘Martha Phipps’ 5/2/12 Electric pink/white

yak x falconeri

yak x falconeri

Ellie Green

Ellie Green

Gi Gi OP x Florida #1 GW Plant

Gi Gi OP x Florida #1 GW Plant

Gertrude Saxe

Gertrude Saxe

Golden Star

Golden Star

Hardgrove White

Hardgrove White

hyperythrum x Martha Phipps  GW plant

hyperythrum x Martha Phipps GW plant George Woodard cross

Patriot's Dream

Patriot’s Dream

Phipps 84

Phipps 84

pseudochrysanthum

pseudochrysanthum

Quaker Girl

Quaker Girl

Schlaijker Yellow

Schlaijker Yellow

schlippenbachii

schlippenbachii

Seedling of Salmon Seedling of Pioneer

Seedling of Salmon Seedling of Pioneer

Taurus

Taurus

TT1

TT1 = Painted Star open pollenated. The truss is a perfect sphere, 7 lobes, with a top flower and is a good yellow. Leggy plant. Hardgrove plant

TT52

TT52 = ‘Jean Marie de Montague’ x (‘Glass White’ x orbiculare) Seed from ARS seed Exchange #67/305. I don’t believe parents. Looks like a yak hybrid. Dense growing, white flower, not much different from many other yak hybrids.

TT78

TT78 = ‘Meadowbrook’ x (‘Jean Marie’ x ‘Grossclaude’)

TT81

TT81 = (adenopodum x metternichii) x degronianum AE. Sid Burns had the seed parent from Joe Gable.

TT82

TT82 = ‘Helen Everitt’ x pseudochrysanthum. Large white flower, strong grower, good looking plant.

TT87

TT87 = degronianum PF x ‘Nestucca’. (“PF” stands for Planting Fields). The degronianum is the plant purchased from Don Hardrove in 1964 and is still growing at Planting Fields. Globose white flower in tight truss. Good floiage, good plant habit. Light indumentum. Missing top flower in truss.

 

Carolina x moupense

Carolina x moupense

TT95

TT95 = – yakushimanum Exbury x degronianum Planting Fields.

TT97

TT97 = ‘Mars’ x ‘The Honorable Jean Marie de Montague’.

TT101

TT101= ‘Schlaijer Yellow’ x ‘Phipps 32’. ‘Schlaijker Yellow’ is a yellow seedling Dorothy Schlaijker purchased from Hardgrove. Hardgrove called it his deepest yellow.

TT117

TT117 = ‘Apricot Fantasy’ x ‘Martha Phipps’. Very strong yellow. One of my best yellows. A little open growing.

degronianum AE

degronianum AE

TT118

TT118 = TT105 x TT104 Cross 91-59. Very large yellow. More yellow than the picture. Open growing

TT122

TT122 = ‘Apricot Fantasy’ x ‘Martha Phipps’. Yellow. Sister of TT117 & TT120. Large flower, good color. Gets leggy as it ages.

TT133

TT133 = ‘Parker’s Pink x Martha Phipps’. Light pink, big truss.

 

TT149

TT149 = TT92 x ‘Gate Cream’. Pink/white. Compact plant, fragrant

TT139

***TT139 = ‘Parker’s Pink’ x ‘Martha Phipps’. Good pink, beautiful plant.

TT148

TT148 = ‘Margolit’ x ‘Marybelle’. Good plant habit. Color midway between the two parents. Ball shaped truss

TT150

TT150 = TT92 x ‘Gate Cream’.

 

Dick's Big Red

Dick’s Big Red

TT152

TT152 = ‘Sam Everitt’ x ‘Martha Phipps’. Pink/white,

TT153

TT153 = ‘Parker’s Pink’ x Unknown West Coast Red. Early hot pink. Good truss.

TT163

TT163 = Phipps 27 x (‘Golden Star’ x Phipps 32).

TT165

***TT165 = TT92 x ‘Gate Cream’. large flowers, medium yellow

TT167

TT167 = TT97 x Unknown West Coast Red. Hot pink, large truss.

TT168

TT168 = ‘Acclaim’ x ‘Martha Phipps’. Red/pink, compact plant, round truss

TT169

TT169 = ‘Sam Everitt’ x ‘Martha Phipps’. Large pink/white

TT95

TT95 = yakushimanum Exbury x degronianum Planting Fields.

adenopodum Hardgrove

adenopodum Hardgrove

Andy Paton

Andy Paton

Beatrice Hyde

Beatrice Hyde “white muchronulatum x white dauricum

 

I do not pinch SEEDLINGS as I want to see how the plant develops naturally on its own.  The plant growth characteristics are just as important as the flower and hardiness.  Almost all casual home gardeners are not going to pinch a rhododendron to try to make it into a dense, bushy plant.  To take a seedling and pinch it to make it into something it wasn’t meant to be is fooling the hybridizer and anyone who propagates the plant.

This brings to mind “feau plants”.  I can remember giving a talk to a chapter and before my talk the plant chairman showed off some of the plants the chapter was going to sell at the upcoming plant sale. He had plants of ‘Scintillation’ in 15” pots that were prime examples of ‘plants on steroids’. They were obviously plants grown using forcing techniques to develop a four year old looking plant in a year and a half.  They had leaves to the ground and a flower bud on each terminal.  Spectacular.  Dense and bushy they looked like a 10 year old yakushimanum without an indumentum.

The casual gardener who purchased one of these was going to have a fabulous plant when it bloomed, but it was all downhill from there.  As soon as it got into a normal growth cycle many of the leaves would drop.  Even though it was dense and bushy when purchased, it was destined to grow into an enormous open growing plant that would overwhelm most small gardens after 15 or so years.  No one told the purchaser of the need to yearly give the plant a “Delp Pinch” to keep it full and bushy and anyway he probably would not have done it as casual gardeners don’t want the burden of constant care for plants.  “Plant it and forget it” is their idea of horticulture.

But you know it probably wouldn’t live for more than 3 years in their garden because of the problem of the difficulty of successfully planting a containerized plant and have it survive.  Several years ago Hank and Ron produced a video that was fantastic.  It showed precisely how to do it.  The astounding feature of the video was the degree to which Ron cut up the root ball.  Here is the http for the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02KxkPQdDd0&NR=1  Without seeing this video, how many casual gardeners do you think would tear apart the root ball as shown in the video?

So here we are; providing overgrown plants to unsuspecting gardeners who will not be successful with them unless they are explicitly told to tear apart the root ball.  How many times have you been asked, “Why did my rhododendron die?” It is the constant question from casual gardeners to me.  How long do you think casual gardeners are going to purchase rhododendrons to replace the ones that they were previously unsuccessful with?

 

 

 

These are pictures of my “Especially Noteworthy Plants” These are the best of all my numbered plants. It changes from year to year.  Many of these will be available as small plants at the Northeast regional meeting in the fall of 2015.

TT92-'Little Susie Q'

TT92-‘Little Susie Q’

TT171= (Parker's Pink x Schaijker Yellow) x Martha Phipps                            SchlaijkerYellow AKA Hardgrove's deepest yellow

TT171= (Parker’s Pink x Schaijker Yellow) x Martha Phipps
Schlaijker Yellow AKA Hardgrove’s deepest yellow

TT181= Jean Marie x Barbara Cooke  seed from Pat Walton

TT181= Jean Marie x Barbara Cooke seed from Pat Walton

TT181=Jean Marie x Barbara Cooke  Seed from Pat Walton

TT181=Jean Marie x Barbara Cooke Seed from Pat Walton

TT194 = Scintillation x Martha Phipps

TT194 = Scintillation x Martha Phipps

TT202 = (Peter Faulk x Red Crown) x (Annanouri x Howard Kuhn)

TT202 = (Peter Faulk x Red Crown) x (Annanouri x Howard Kuhn)

TT209= Anne Hardgrove x TT97 TT97= Mars x Jean Marie

TT209= Anne Hardgrove x TT97
TT97= Mars x Jean Marie

TT215 = Margolit x Sam Everitt

TT215 = Margolit x Sam Everitt

TT220=(Peter Faulk x Red Crown) x (Howard Kuhn x Annanoui)

TT220=(Peter Faulk x Red Crown) x (Howard Kuhn x Annanoui)

TT223- (Apricot Fantasy x Martha Phipps) x (Phipps 32 x Gold Medal)

TT223- (Apricot Fantasy x Martha Phipps) x (Phipps 32 x Gold Medal)

TT225= Jean Marie x  (Peter Faulk x Red Crown)

TT225= Jean Marie x (Peter Faulk x Red Crown)

TT231 = Mrs. H. Phipps x West Coast Red

TT231 = Mrs. H. Phipps x West Coast Red

TT239= Margolit x Woodbench

TT239= Margolit x Woodbench

TT243 = Parker's Pink x Martha Phipps

TT243 = Parker’s Pink x Martha Phipps

TT262 Janet Blair x Phipps 91

TT262 Janet Blair x Phipps 91

TT266 = (TT97 x West Coast Red) x [(TT96 x Vulcan) x Jean Marie] TT95=Mars x Jean Marie TT96= Annanouri Open Pollenated

TT266 = (TT97 x West Coast Red) x [(TT96 x Vulcan) x Jean Marie]
TT95=Mars x Jean Marie
TT96= Annanouri Open Pollenated

TT117 = Aprixcott Fantasy  x Martha Phipps

TT117 = Aprixcott Fantasy x Martha Phipps

TT117 = Aprixcott Fantasy  x Martha Phipps

TT117 = Aprixcott Fantasy x Martha Phipps

TT131=TT97 x West Coast Red

TT131=TT97 x West Coast Red

TT134 Bob Schill x 32  John Nicolleta cross

TT134 Bob Schill x 32 John Nicolleta cross

TT135=Janet Blair x (Margolit x Woodbench)

TT135=Janet Blair x (Margolit x Woodbench)

TT139 = Parker's Pink x Martha Phipps

TT139 = Parker’s Pink x Martha Phipps

TT141  TT84 x Gold Medal

TT141 TT84 x Gold Medal

TT142 Glow Light x Ring of Fire

TT142 Glow Light x Ring of Fire

TT145={TT1 x (dichroanthum x chlorops x lacteum)} x Phipps 32

TT145={TT1 x (dichroanthum x chlorops x lacteum)} x Phipps 32

TT165 = TT92 x Gate Cream

TT165 = TT92 x Gate Cream

TT166= Parker's Pink x Martha Phipps  AKA 'Margaret S. Coe'

TT166= Parker’s Pink x Martha Phipps AKA ‘Margaret S. Coe’

TT170  TT97 x Norman Gill   TT97= Mars x Jean Marie

TT170 TT97 x Norman Gill TT97= Mars x Jean Marie

These are pictures that I took during the 2014 season in no special order. As you can see, my photographic skills are lacking. (‘***’ means especially noteworthy plant)

TT221= Sam Everitt x Martha

TT221= Sam Everitt x Martha

 

TT118

TT118

TT118 = (Dumper Yellow x Phipps 32) x Pacific Gold x Apricot Fantasy x Bud’s Yellow x max roseum x Bob Bovee x yak x lacteum Unnumbered Pollen from George Woodard

 

Annanouri x Howard Kuhn

Annanouri x Howard Kuhn

 

 

(Peter Faulk x Red Crown) x Jean Mrie  Unnumbered

(Peter Faulk x Red Crown) x Jean Mrie Unnumbered

 

***TT262= Janet Blair x Phipps 91

***TT262= Janet Blair x Phipps 91

TT148= Margolit x Marybelle

TT148 = Margolit x Marybelle

 

Charmont

Charmont

 

TT275= {(Apricot Fantasy x Martha) x Gold Medal} x TT106

TT275= {(Apricot Fantasy x Martha) x Gold Medal} x TT106

 

TT144 'Sappho' open pollinated

TT144 ‘Sappho’ open pollinated

 

TT126= TT105 x TT104

TT126= TT105 x TT104

 

TT71= Anne Hardgrove x yak Exbury ANA 'Jean Potente'

TT71= Anne Hardgrove x yak Exbury ANA ‘Jean Potente’

 

TT228 = TT104 x TT105

TT228 = TT104 x TT105

 

TT135=Janet Blair x (Margolit x Woodbench)

TT135=Janet Blair x (Margolit x Woodbench)

 

Margolit

Margolit

 

 

TT135=Janet Blair x (Margolit x Woodbench)

TT135=Janet Blair x (Margolit x Woodbench)

 

 

 

TT239= 'Margolit' x 'Woodbench'

TT239= ‘Margolit’ x ‘Woodbench’

 

TT245  Margolit x (Halfdam Lem x Acclaim)

TT245 Margolit x (Halfdam Lem x Acclaim)

 

TT217= 'Parker's Pink' x 'Martha Phipps'

TT217= ‘Parker’s Pink’ x ‘Martha Phipps’

 

TT226 Parker's Pink x 'Marthaipps'

TT226 Parker’s Pink x ‘Marthaipps’

 

TT133 = 'Parker's Pink' x 'Martha Phipps'

TT133 = ‘Parker’s Pink’ x ‘Martha Phipps’

 

'Glow Light'

‘Glow Light’

 

'Mrs. Howard Phipps'

‘Mrs. Howard Phipps’