Hyacinths 'Red Diamond', 'Scarlet Perfection'

Jim McKenney jimmckenney@jimmckenney.com
Sun, 02 Dec 2007 19:52:03 PST
I acquired some bulbs of hyacinth Red Diamond this fall, and I'm curious
about what I have here. 

Back in 1966 I grew a red, double flowered hyacinth under the name 'Scarlet
Perfection'. It had the best red color of any hyacinth I've ever seen, and
the individual flowers were so double that they presented a flat face.  As I
recall, this cultivar was offered only for one or two seasons, and I have
not seen it offered since. I no longer have this cultivar, although I do
have a good color slide image of it. 

I'm wondering if there is any connection between this old 'Scarlet
Perfection' and this new 'Red Diamond'. 

Several of you were able to help me with another hyacinth question earlier
this year: what can you come up with on this one? 

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where I'm still planting
bulbs and taking a break now and then to admire Iris unguicularis. 

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