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These pictures have mainly been taken from various pages within this website.

1

Apricot Bergermaster

2

Lemon Bergermaster

3

Pink Bergermaster

4

Redcap

5

Frau Helen Harms

6

Ami Jean Bard

7

Le Flamboyant

8

La Madelon

9

Madame Richard Galle

10

Rose Pink Minuet

11

Yellowhammer

12

Peardrop

13

Lemondrops

14

Salmon Parade

15

Orange Seedling

16

New Seedling  2008

1, 2 and 3 .The Bergermaster series were being grown in Australia and New Zealand before 1900.
4,”Redcap” was introduced about the mid 1890s.
5 “Frau Helen Harms”, a German variety arrived about 1904.
6, “Ami Jean Bard” was bred and introduced in 1909 by Arthur Billard, the French breeder who introduced many multiflora varieties.
7, “Le Flamboyant”, the result of crossing Lafayette, (double red) with Abondance de boisy (single red), bred by Arthur Billard and introduced in 1911.
8 “La Madelon”, another introduction of Arthur Billard, this was introduced in 1919, a cross between Ami Jean Bard and Bertini Mme Mandrot. The influence of the Bertini is apparent in the tuber size and flower formation of this variety.
9, “Madame Richard Galle”, this was a sport from Ami Jean Bard which occurred about 1932 and introduced by Richard Galle in Belgium.
10 “Rose Pink Minuet” A New Zealand variety, bred by Mervyn Cox of Christchurch introduced in the mid 1990s.
11, “Yellowhammer” bred by Dennis Need, in 1999 and whilst a few growers have this, it has not been commercially introduced due to the problem with the blotching foliage. This was a cross between a selected plant from the musical series and a Bertini Compacta.
12 “Peardrop“ another Dennis Need variety, bred in 2001 introduced commercially in 2008, unique variety as it has 2 flower forms, full double in the early part of the summer with the development of a yellow center later in the season or earlier if the temperatures are higher.
13, “Lemondrops” a Dennis Need find this was a sport from Madame Richard Galle; there will be limited introduction of this variety in 2009.
14 “Salmon Parade”, there may be a small number available in 2009, but numbers will be very limited another Dennis Need variety.
15 Orange seedling undergoing trials, slightly taller than other multifloras but has not yet been tried in any bedding scheme, with stock now built up enough will be used for this purpose in 2009.
16 New seedling 2008, but looks interesting as it is another variety unlike any available at the present time. Growing cuttings through the winter I am hoping to have sufficient plants to trial this in a number of situations in 2009.

MULTIFLORA BEGONIAS - by Dennis Need


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