So most of us are at least somewhat interested in trying a new plant or two this spring or summer... my last four posts here have highlighted several new varieties that will be available in 2010. But what about the new plants that are in the pipeline to be released in 2011 and beyond? Here's a few sneak peaks to whet your appetite.
One of my favourite stops while visiting Holland, was the nursery of Marco van Noort, an incredible plantsman, and breeder of the popular Geranium 'Jolly Bee'. The genus Geranium is a specialty of his, but it appears as though he is branching into Echinacea as well. Here are some seedlings pictured on his website:
Also check out this video of plants that he is releasing in 2010-11.
I am very impressed with these, and knowing his standards in breeding and selection, they are bound to be good varieties. My best guess is that they will likely make it North American in 2011-12.
I can recall my last visit to his nursery and seeing a very small batch of near-red Geranium cinereum -- it looks like 'Memories' or 'Signal' are the result of that work -- beautiful!
Here's one that he describes as the largest-flower ever. The variety 'Dragon Heart' (also a superb plant) is on the left for comparison.
Spring is just around the corner! A few more weeks my friends.
Here's to, at least dreaming of, dirt under your nails.