36 EE 3.75, Melon Self, Dor Dip
(Sir Blackstem * Boston Symphony) * From Darkness Comes Light
I've been waiting for this one to open with bated breath, worried that it might be yellow or cream rather than melon. The branching and budcount are so good: 4 branches and 33 buds that I count today on the first flower opening. The darkness of the scapes is slightly exaggerated in this photo, and the scape is not quite as dark as on its sibling MH0735X, but it has long branches, delightful height above the foliage, and red backs of the sepals with black tips. The green throat accents the bright melon (slightly brighter than pictured) color beautifully. This pollen will go onto everything this year! A true extra early: Stella De Oro is about due to open, but hasn't yet. Excellent progress towards near-white on dark scapes! Larger, taller, and with more buds than its parent From Darkness Comes Light, and also with excellent foliage.