ONE FOR JACK
The incredible colour of this little cracker is impossible to capture on my camera - and as the name suggests it is a size or two smaller than the average Collerette. Where the set of genes that produced it came from God only knows. I was determined to let Jack have it Carte Blanche - well might as well keep in the French mode while we're talking about something that is obviously French. Talking about France and dahlias - you possibly don't know, but they have a magnificent dahlia trial held just out side Paris I believe - I was reminded when I received an email from our boy Bob Hendley after I'd showed him a photo of Unique Petite - I knew Bob could have propagated the required stock needed for next years trails, but told him I was letting Jack have the tuber this baby makes - as long as Jack lets me have a cutting - now you'll want to know the reason? Well Jack more than any person I know endeavours to show the world my creations, and because this had Jack Gott written all over it why not pay back a little of the hard work he does for me - oh don't worry Bob will get it eventually - as will Nick Gilbert and the rest of the world if they want it, but for now this one's for Jack.
Sadly this little fella never made it - as did several Collerette seedlings in their second year - the cause appears to be crown rot which I've never experienced before - mind you with the weather we've been having for the past couple of years I don't wonder. Just have to call it one of my `Lost Angel's' an expression I heard first by an American breeder named Ted Kennedy.
Haven't told Jack yet.