The Searle Collection

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The last garden visited on the South Florida Palm Society Tour this past Saturday was Jeff Searle's. After the crowd cleared out Jeff and I sauntered about looking at some crotons. It was the first time ever that it was just Jeff and myself looking without distractions. Unfortunately the camera's SD card got maxed out too soon. :(

This one is an unknown that Rob got cuttins of several years ago ...
 

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Victor Limone - very nice. The photo does not reveal how beautiful this croton really is. It catches you eye from quite a distance.
 

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An unknown which came from the Richard Krukonis collection that Jeff got as a cutting over 12 years ago. :cool:
 

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Here is Jeff's Prince of Orange. This is one great looking croton ;)
 

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The oh so lovely Polychrome. :) Jeff relayed to me how excited he was about getting this croton many years ago. It was very rare and through the efforts of croton lovers and the Croton Society - this cultivar has been introduced into many a garden.

I believe this may be one of Dr. Frank Brown's favorites also. ;)
 

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This croton I was not impressed with when I saw it last. Some TLC, another growing season plus all the rain and viola - what a beauty! :cool:

I gotta suck up to Jeff and get me a Limelight in the Moose Land :eek:
 

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Jeff has not had this croton very long. Its an original hybrid of Chris Mayhew (pocomo), he named Doris. It looks very happy and is responding well to the growing conditions it has been provided. :D
 

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Jeff got this unidentified beauty as a cutting many years ago from Cleo Millare. He has it tagged as Cleo. Can't say if I recall any croton looking like this one. :cool:
 

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Victor Limone - very nice. The photo does not reveal how beautiful this croton really is. It catches you eye from quite a distance.

I am confused. Is this really Victor Limone? Christian Papers states type M leaf for V.Lemoine. Checked the Wiki photos and Ricks looks like the Christian Papers description. Jeffs plant looks to be semi-oak leaf. :confused: Obvious the two are not the same in the Wiki. Is there a V. Limone and a V. Lemoine? :confused:
 
Scott,

I'm confused as much as anybody, because there's two plants floating around that are totally different with the same names. And I have both. My first plant(not in the picture) has reds in it and came from halgrim's house of which B. Alonzo put the name on it. This other plant with pinks in it, I was told by Ray is the true Victor Limoine. ????
 
Scott,

I'm confused as much as anybody, because there's two plants floating around that are totally different with the same names. And I have both. My first plant(not in the picture) has reds in it and came from halgrim's house of which B. Alonzo put the name on it. This other plant with pinks in it, I was told by Ray is the true Victor Limoine. ????

Thanks Jeff now that makes it clear :rolleyes:, but now understand. I am going to start using Phil's "fog" saying more. Here is another question on the name. Is it named after V. Lemoine the French flower breeder who created many of todays Lilac varieties?
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