Kanai Sensei (Huben 2006) 18 E Re 3, Melon Polychrome, Dor Dip Emo
Kanai Sensei is named for my Aikido and Iaido teacher for 20 years. It always opens to a perfect little bagle, of a peculiarly difficult to describe color. It has a tiny green throat, and somewhere between 6 and 16 buds depending on how well it is grown. It's sunfast, and has excellent low foliage. What makes it special though (besides the excellent rebloom) is the phenominal increase. It's the fastest increaser in my garden, yet doesn't seem to get too crowded. Its small stature, rapid increase, good foliage, rebloom, and nice clumping habit make it well suited for edging. As a parent for rebloomers, it throws all those characteristics very nicely. Reportedly, like its parent Early And Often, Kanai Sensei is very rust resistant and passes that to its offspring.
This would be a good cross to remake because it produced a load of reblooming, clear pinks. I threw them out because I was breeding for white. D'Oh!
Early And Often (Huben 2001) 26 E Re 4, Peach Polychrome, Dor Dip Ext Fra Noc
(Sunny Honey * Sobek 94.12)
Honorable Mention award 2006! At last: a northern rebloomer that isn't yellow or gold. The heart of my breeding program, producing a great diversity of seedlings, many of them rebloomers. Very rapid increase. Tested and found highly rust resistant (a character passed to most of its kids.) Early And Often was my first introduction, and has lived up to its promise as a continuous rebloomer; it blooms non stop from early July until frost. Some growers report as many as seven sets of scapes per season. Unlike other diploid rebloomers, it is a color clarifier and readily gives up the melon tones in seedlings.
Sunny Honey (Millikan 1989) 24 E Re 3.5, Yellow Self, Sev Dip Noc
(Stella De Oro * Brocaded Gown)
Sobek 94.12 (Sobek ) 28 E 4.5, Cream Self, Dor Dip
(Three Seasons * Tuscawilla Tranquility)
- Rosy Returns