In 1996 a cross of Blackberry Ripple, onto Camano Shadows gave a tall, robust varigate seedling on excellent stems. Instead of purple stripes on a white background, the ground was distinctly cream. Genetically Ivory in multiple amounts. Genetic rules governing Ivory expression.
I was quite pleased. I got a decent first year seedling tuber, which almost always happens. However in subsequent years I found that tuber production was very poor. This eliminated this variety from release as a commercial item.
I started planting multiple cuttings in an attempt to get enough stock for survival, and began to observe fascinating variation in the blooms produced.
The name "Miss Vary" was coined during this multiple type phase.
This added interest and I kept growing it for its novelty. In 1999 I had built up a decent stock of pot-roots and offered them to the Vancouver society to auction off as a specialist item. "not for beginners" "Warning" - "poor tuber maker". They were all sold and some began to show up on the show bench that Fall. In fact it won enough to get into the ADS classification book!
Copyright © 2001 Wayne Holland
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