Last year I was so impressed with the open pollinated seedlings that were produced from 'Darlow's Enigma' that I made several hundred crosses using it both ways, as a seed and as a pollen parent. I found that it cooperates much better as a seed parent. The majority of the crosses using it as a pollen parent failed, however, there were a few that produced seedlings that were clearly from 'Darlow's Enigma'. The first seedling shown below is one from such a cross. This was from "L56-1" X 'Darlow's Enigma'. "L56-1" is a seedling of 'Thrive!'. This photo of the young seedling is a bit washed out, but it does hint at this seedling's floriferous potential (one of the main traits for which I am most interested in using 'Darlow's Enigma').
Of course I used it predominantly in crosses with mixed Hulthemia pollen. There are about 15 or so that I am still watching, but the three below are a few of my favorites. The first is special because of the size and intensity of the blotch. Unfortunately it is also very thorny (as are most of the ones coming from the mixed Hulthemia pollen crosses).
The next one has a smaller blotch, but is quite vigorous and floriferous, and has the fewest thorns of this group. It's blotch will be larger and more intense when it matures. Overall, it is my favorite of the 'Darlow's Enigma' seedlings from this year.
The last seedling, though coming from a cross using mixed Hulthemia pollen, has no blotch. However, the first time that I saw it bloom I knew that I would have to let it mature to see how it performs as a grown-up seedling. The petals have almost a glowing quality to them. It will be interesting to see whether this characteristic is preserved when grown outdoors.