Mangoes and Chocolate
Mangoes and Chocolate (Huben 2017) 40 E 2.5, Yellow Self, Dor Dip
When my friend Roger Swain (the man with the red suspenders) visited me at Harmon Hill Garden last year, he took one look at this beautiful plant and exclaimed that it was exactly the color of ripe mangoes. I agreed, and the chocolate-colored scapes made this an easy name to choose. This dark scape introduction is very species-like: graceful, long-branched scapes in an amazing profusion. Not the darkest scaped of my introductions, but with a wonderful color that gleams across the garden. The dark scapes have 5 branches and 27 buds, and there is a strong red stripe on the sepal reverses. Mangoes and Chocolate is rare: a self-cleaner. The flowers furl to a beautiful, bud-like orange roll the first day, light brown the second, and drop off the third. This is really useful for such profuse bloomers! It's also an excellent, rapid increaser.
This photo shows how good the dark scapes can look: photos rarely capture this.
Here you can see that the unopened buds, closed buds, flowers from the front and flowers from the side all add to the display. No need for grooming!
The closed bud the first day.
The closed bud the second day. The third day, the closed bud has dropped off.
This photo shows the forest of scapes even a small clump produces. Unfortunately, this angle (and the garden conditions in 2016) did not result in the scapes looking as dark as they usually do.
Look at that wonderful sepal reverse! A beautiful, species-like trumpet form. It would be nicer if the petals reflexed a little more: maybe in the next generation.
MH0966X (Huben ) 40 E 3.25, Gold Self, Dor Dip
(Red Corky * Donna Diana)
Scapes as dark as any other. Brilliant gold flowers.
Red Corky (Bozenhart )
An F1 towards a red Corky with a slender, graceful, branched scape that falls.
Donna Diana (Hogendorn 1999) 36 M 3, Red Self, Dor Dip
Very black scapes, hideous terracotta color.