Barbie's Dream Flower
2020 - Reeder - Diploid -
Navajo Princess x Substantial Evidence -
26" scape - 5" flower - 3 branches - 15 buds - early-midseason - rebloom - semi-evergreen
Flat open flower of deep, bright intense pink above wide green to chartreuse throat.
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Pretty in pink and many little girl's dream (and a lot of little boy's dream too), who wouldn't want to grow Barbie's Dream Flower? The brightest pink I have produced or grown in diploids, and with stellar parents, Barbie's Dream Flower is a stunning flower in the garden and a fine parent in the hybridizing garden. With nice foliage and moderate increase, this dream of a flower has been more hardy in my garden than its famous mother and has the gorgeous flower form of its famous father, but color intensity and clarity its father can only dream of.
From the 2011 breeding season, this dreamy confection first flowered in 2013. On the first day I saw it, my mouth simply dropped open. It was a major breeder in my diploid breeding work from that point on and has produced many beautiful seedlings in my breeding program. Barbie's Dream Flower shows moderate rust resistance, consistently within the range of B+/B. The thrips resistance is moderately high. It has breeding value for both traits, and I have produced some excellent A+ rust resistant seedlings from it, as well as seedlings with higher thrips resistance. Several seedlings are pictured at the bottom of this page.
Flower as sunset, holding up well after an extremely hot summer day
The flower shows thick substance, nice texture and holds up well in both sun and rain. By the end of the day the flower will have lightened at the edges of the petals and will have taken on a decidedly bluish-pink tone, with the midribs showing the bluish tone quite strongly at the base as they rise out of the green throat.
Another sunset image, strongly showing the bluish tones and the strong sun resistance of the flower
The striking beauty of the tone and intensity of the color can't be overstated. It is simply astonishing in the garden and can make amazing strides in improving color in a breeding program. Showing rebloom in my garden, it has been a good breeder for rebloom in addition to the other good traits.
Below are some of the seedlings I have raised from Barbie's Dream Flower. Click each image for larger versions of each picture.
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