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
13, “Lemondrops” a Dennis Need find this was a sport from Madame
Richard Galle; there will be limited introduction of this variety in
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.