|*‘Luke the Drifter’
(Peat, ’17) (Tet. Crystal Blue Persuasion x (Mardi Gras Ball x Tet.
Lavender Blue Baby)) 7860 - 5.5” flower, 23” scape. M., Sev., Fr.,
Re.,3 way branching with 21 buds.
This flower although bred by John Peat was named by Tony Thompson as he fell in love with it and insisted upon naming it. With a very heavy substance this intricate flower has an eyezone of grey-blue surrounded by a burgundy band. The colors of the eyezone are mimicked all the way around the petal edges of this lightly ruffled flower. The sepals always roll back while the substance of petals allow them to lay flat for most of the day.
“Hank Williams recorded several Albums under the nom de plume ‘Luke the Drifter’. I often thought of Luke as we moved this beauty from one section of the Garden to another. The unique sound of “Luke the Drifter” always made it a winner, as the beauty of this flower makes it a winner. It is like a beacon in the night as it draws your attention from across the Garden. All of Luke’s songs incorporated a sort of ‘drawling blues’ done on the spur of the moment! As you enjoy the hints of blue in this lovely flower, I hope it will take your mind back to a simpler, care free time, when the pace was slower and beauty was appreciated.”