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Joyful Beginning

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Joyful Beginning
Swenson Gardens
Herbaceous Hybrid

Seedling No. 9-4 H12D16. First year bloomed 2015, first year propagated 2016. Parentage: Wa12 16340F3 x ‘Majesty’s Splendor’. Early season bloom. SEMI-DOUBLE. One bloom per stem. Size not given. Color apricot blush. Two rows of rounded guard petals, about 2 inches (5 cm) in width, held cupped. Inner petals grading smaller as they progress towards the center. Carpels generally 2, light green, very hairy. Stigmas pink, normal anatomy, fertile, but seeds not plentiful. Some stamens embedded among the petals, pollen-bearing where not transformed, the filaments cream colored. Staminodal disc obscure. Strong fragrance. Early foliage emerges burgundy to green, green at maturity. Upright growth habit, height 28-30 inches (71-76 cm), support not needed.

Reference: 2019-DIR:12