Hi Nina and everyone. I am still walking around on air. What a great feeling
to read an email and find out I had won the IHS HOTY for 2006.
I don't know if Richard remembers when he was in Orlando in May 2005. It was at
the Central Orlando hibiscus show that I first showed Gator Magic. It was there
it won Best of Show Seedling. Grand Slam never did make it to a show. It was a
bloom that always bloomed either before or after a show.
Both Grand Slam and Gator Magic are blooms using Remembrance in the cross and
both as Fathers. I still have a Remembrance that I am using in my hybridizing.
Outside now in the greenhouse the plant has several seed pods on it that I am
waiting on to ripen.
My Grand Slam is in the ground next to the swimming pool. It is a good mother
and father. I have several seed pods using it as father. Gator Magic is more
difficult to get to cross as doubles can be.
The pictures I have included are the prettiest I have taken of each. Both bloom
pictures were taken in the month of October. The first is of Grand Slam and the
second is of Gator Magic.
Finally, after a very bad year for hybridizing and blooms last year, I have
quite a few nice crosses this year with seed pods I am waiting on. Hopefully in
one of those pods is another winner.
parents are Scarlet Angel X Remembrance, with 52.17 votes recorded
Grand Slam was awarded the IHS HOTY, Hibiscus of the Year, for 2006 with
52.17 votes received. It
was bred and entered by Robert Carran of the U.S.A.. Here we provide you some
of the photos and supplemental data submitted to the HPOJ, HOTY Panel Of Judges,
upon which they based their votes to select the eventual winner.
Our congratulations go to Robert for winning this IHS HOTY competition.
We thank the hybridizers who entered candidates in this program, in this case at
their own expense. We thank the evaluators who grew the plants and provided
the photos and data. We thank Nina Bjelovucic, the IHS HOTY coordinator, for
her tireless efforts in collecting this information from the trialing stations
and passing it to the HPOJ. We of course thank the judges and most of all we
thank the membership for participating in the initial SOTY selections, which
form the core of the IHS HOTY Program. In this respect the IHS is unique in that
the membership and affiliates are able to vote on what they consider to be the
most beautiful of the candidates presented, after which the HPOJ narrows the
field based upon their expert evaluation of the candidates chosen by the