Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Elizabethan Ruby Ring

 Elizabethan Ruby Ring

(SDLG# ITIMP12-27)

2021 - Reeder - Tetraploid
Insider Trading x Implausibility
38" scape- 5" flower - 3 branches - 13 buds
Midseason - Semi-evergreen - Rebloom

Dark ruby red with darker garnet band above green to chartreuse to yellow throat extending into the midrib.

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Elizabethan Ruby Ring is named for the famous Chequers Ring, which was owned and worn by Elizabeth Tudor. A mother of pearl ring set with gold and rubies, containing a locket with a portrait of Elizabeth and another woman, often thought to be her mother, Anne Boleyn. On the outer surface of the locket is the letter 'E' in diamonds and 'R' in blue enamel. The 'E' for Elizabeth and the 'R' for Regina (Latin for 'queen').

Elizabethan Ruby Ring showing the deep, rich red color with chartreuse to golden throat with slightly darker throat and slightly lighter midribs. The petals often have a thin near-white edge and the lighter petal backs can role forward making the edge appear even bigger. Below, the original Chequers Ring, owned by Elizabeth Tudor.

Elizabethan Ruby Ring was bred in 2011 and went through all five years of my rust resistance selection program scoring A+ level resistance in each year. In addition, the thrips resistance is moderately high, especially so for a red from these lineages. The plant is a semi-evergreen, with attractive dark green foliage and nice scapes with moderate branching and bud count. Fertility is good both ways. Of all the red flowers I have produced from Insider Trading, this one has had the finest jewel-toned red coloring and the best thrips resistance, combined with the high rust resistance that marks Insider Trading as such a fine plant.

The deep ruby red coloring is a "blue" red with no orange tones. It is an extremely clear color and passes fine color clarity to its seedlings. There are fine color genes on both sides of the ancestry. Insider Trading, descending from David Kirchhoff's renowned red lines, and Implausibility, with one parent Ed Murray, famous for its rich, jewel-toned coloring. In Elizabethan Ruby Ring, we see those lineages come together in a truly, finely colored flower.

The plant is attractive with good hardiness. The semi-evergreen foliage means that it flourishes in warm-winter southern gardens, and with its fine color clarity, thrips and rust resistance it should be a fine garden plant and breeder for improving both rust and thrips resistance in southern programs. The plant has also flourished in cold-winter gardens, and has been very hardy here, never loosing any fans to harsh winters, and showing excellent late freeze resistance. The fertility is very good for pollen, moderate for pods. The seedlings have shown excellent rust and thrips resistance in a good percentage, and the colors are very bright and clear, with the occasional near-white seedling appearing. It seems to me that the near white edges of the flower indicate that this one may have a near white base color under the red pigment, or at lest be carrying the genes that make the phenotype.

Elizabethan Ruby Ring in Robert Anderson's Oregon garden