Well another harvest season has begun! The hips on my earliest ripening seed parents have turned color and started to fall, indicating that the hips are ripe and that they had better be picked or lost!
I think that our warm temperatures have helped to hasten ripening. Our coolest daytime high temperature in the last 34 days has been 94º F. Twenty four of these have been 100º F. or hotter. This has provided ample opportunity to assess the blotch heat stability of the newest Hulthemias from 2012 when grown outside the greenhouse. The three below are real standouts. Photos were taken in the last 2 or 3 days.