Elizabethan Fine Gloves
Cream with golden edge and palest pink blush along white midribs on petals and pink blush on sepals above a large green to chartreuse throat.
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There was no greater status symbol amongst the Elizabethan nobility than a fine pair of gloves. These luxury items were often made from the finest leather and were richly decorated. One of the most interesting aspects of the use of these gloves as status symbols is that they often were not even worn on the hands, but were worn tucked in the belt where they could be seen. Queen Elizabeth was especially fond of white and cream colored gloves, and these were often given to her as gifts by courtiers jockeying for position at Christmas and her birthday.
The flowers hold up very well in heat and sunlight, lasting quite late into the evening. Being an extended bloomer, the flowers open early in the morning and go on to give a nice display with good substance throughout the entire day and well after dark, giving Elizabethan Fine Gloves a nice benefit in gardens that are viewed after dark. The bright, light color and flowers that hold up well right into the dark mean the nighttime display is extremely nice. No melted or wilted flowers in this one by sunset!
The combination of many fine features makes Elizabethan Fine Gloves a fine garden plant and a fine breeding plant. While the pod fertility has been difficult, and the rust resistant is only moderate, the fine plant makes it outstanding in the flower garden and in the breeding garden. While it can produce seedlings with higher rust resistance than it shows, it can also produce seedlings that show pod fertility, so these issues have not ruled it out as a breeder in my program, and I have gratefully benefited from using it. Below are several example of near white seedlings that I have produced from Elizabethan Fine Gloves.