Name: Bard The Bowman
Seedling Number: MH1123MH073519
Bloom Diameter: 3”
Scape Height: 42”
Bud Count: 27
Bloom Season: Early-Early
Color/Description: Round melon flowers on tall, dark scapes with burgundy red flower buds.
Bloom Habit: Diurnal
Pod Parent: Vader’s Choice
Pollen Parent: Halloween Darkness
Year Bred: 2015
Rust Resistance: A+/1 year tested
Thrips Resistance - Moderately high
Fertile: Both Ways
Bard The Bowman is pure Mike Huben breeding and is the best of its seedling group. Tested only in the last year of my rust screening program, it showed exceptionally high resistance that year (A+), and I have seen few thrips issues, even after hard freezes and/or spring drought. There are two other standout traits on Bard The Bowman, in addition to the above - the scapes are very dark and the plant has higher late freeze resistance, and thus more attractive foliage, than its siblings, parents or cousins after a late, hard freeze. I consider it very important for dark scape projects in areas where there are late freezes, as well as for use in breeding for rust resistance at the dip level. The plant is also very showy for the garden with its tall, dark scapes and many bright little flowers.
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Below you will find multiple pictures of Bard The Bowman from 2017 through 2021, first in the seedling bed and then in the line out garden. You can see the instant rebloom scapes emerging on the clumps, below earlier flowering scapes, in several of these pictures. Click on any image below to see a large image and easily look through all the images in a photo gallery.