Desiderata (Pending Registration)
Desiderata. Bremer. 2021. Herbaceous hybrid. Parentage: (Old Faithful x Pastelorama). Presumed Tetraploid. Seedling #NB-H78. First bloomed in 2015 and selected/numbered in 2016. First bloom was noticed at a nieces wedding in 2015 in a bouquet my wife Kim arranged. Kim had a habit of using my best seedlings as cutflowers during this period of time and Desiderata proved itself early on useful in arrangements. A large clump was in full bloom during the 2016 APS convention and was much admired by many. Received a Certificate of Merit and was recognized as the Best Seedling in the APS 2016 Exhibition. The large semi-double flowers are a deep coral-pink in color and petals have heavy uniform ruffling with small fringes along the edges. Bases of each petal are a lighter coloration, although not generally observable. The backs of each petal have cream feather patterning, but are not generally observable beyond the tight bud stage. Filaments are light pink at the base and become lighter outward. Stigmas are bright pink. No observable disc. Anthers are often flattened, curve inward somewhat and close to normal in appearance. Some years flowers appear almost Japanese in form. The anthers produce abundant fertile pollen. ‘Desiderata’ has easy seed fertility when crossed with compatible mates. Broad, deep green foliage clothes sturdy stems nearly to the ground. Each stem carries a single bloom and no support is necessary. Buds have excellent covers and are seldom damaged during wet spring conditions. Named for the poem by the same name written by Max Ehrmann. Desiderata translates from Latin as “Things Desired”. First verse: Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. Ships in late September to mid October.