Saturday, December 22, 2012

EDGES: Green Edge, Grey Edge & White Edges

Ray's green edge MARIA
The Edges were first mentioned around 1740 when a mutation was found, the petals had became leaves. The petals on Edges are thick and stiff, just the same as the leaf material.
Serenity
They come in Green Edged, Grey Edged and White Edged. The description of Grey, Grey/White and White Edges seems somewhat blurred, the description varies depending on which source you read and appears open to different interpretations.
Maggie
All Edges require some cover when growing them outside, to protect the meal/farina from being spoilt by the rain.
Jorvic
Most Edges which I have obtained from England have not done well here in Sweden. They simply were not hardy enough to survive in very tough and cold conditions.
I.e. Cornmeal & Dovedale (Grey & Grey/White Edges) have both struggled through a few winters here but have never done really well.
 But some of the English Edges which do well here are Serenity (Green Edge), Jorvic (Grey Edge), Brookfield (White Edge-sometimes listed under Grey/White Edge) and Maggie (White Edge-sometimes listed under Grey/White Edge).
From these, the Edges which have coped with the Swedish winters, I have crossed & raised some new cultivars/varieties that do better in Sweden. It has taken me several years to raise these new hardy edged auriculas.
Ray's Grey edge MATILDA

Ray's grey edge BENGT

Rays Grey edge LENA

Ray's White edga MAJ

Next week I will be writing about Fancy auriculas.

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