|Specimen No.57 atrorubens albiflora or pale variant No.2a (Click over to enlarge)|
Although we decided to cage the rare plants in readiness for 2015 it soon became apparent that on early inspection that they had already fallen victim to either a deer nip or a hare cut even with the cages present the unknown predator succeeded. So we lost the pair of them for that year. In 2016 the original parents have not shown, or should I say they have not shown in the same place as they were in this photograph. Rather than thinking that perhaps the plants have moved areas eg: 9a is approx 14ft away from the original No.9 area. And this years 10a is approx 4ft away from the original No.10, I am now feeling more and more confident that the 2014 schmals were without doubt fertile and have sown seed all around their particular area.
Last year (2015) Although like I have already said the parents did try to come through prior to predation, but sadly no flowerheads got chance to mature. It soon became noticeable that some of the local new plants were coming through that had this same colouring as the original 2014 adults.This year there are even more specimens coming through which again have this same colour feature, although now it makes sense that there are plenty of offspring in the local vicinity. This year already I would presume we have up to about six specimens which take on this feature and they are perhaps no more than 10 to 15ft in distance away from where the original pair had set.
The New No.9s and 10s will form references of 9a,9b,9c and 10a,10b and 10c and so on, so to give them some sort of family tree reference. Already the newish specimens are certainly stronger than they were last year, however some of the 2016 specimens are very weak and fragile specimens and I dont think you would ever consider at this time that they could well be the offspring of those beautiful Schmalhauseneii's.