208A is the first seedling to bloom from the 2014 batch of 'Caribbean Dancer' seedlings, numbers 195 to 220.1 I'd hoped that I might get something a little new from this group. Even though the seed parent is 'Caribbean Dancer' again, I thought, maybe the pollen parent was different.
And 208A is a little unusual, in that it's not another orange/white or orange/pink,
but so far none of the 2014 seedlings are doing anything unprecedented.2
I can't rule out the possibility that the 2014 batch of seedlings are also
'Caribbean Dancer' x NOID peach, in which case we'll have to wait even longer to see something interesting. I'm not going to despair just yet, though; we'll get a better idea what's going on as more blooms appear.3
Even if not a never before seen color, 208A was different enough to make me optimistic about TinEye. Maybe I'd get some different suggestions? And that
hope was justified; it did in fact suggest some names I hadn't seen before. Don't know what we're going to do for names after 208A, though: I've looked ahead, and it's a very long, very orange road from here. I mean, things have been pretty orange all along, but I'm starting to burn out on the whole process and we still have at least
11 more seedlings to go so it sure would have been nice if they'd decided to show some variety about now.
You should also know that this is the second time I'm writing this post. The first time, I had a name picked out, and then after I thought about it for a couple days, I decided that I couldn't live with it after all. So I added some emergency names, because it was an emergency, and we're going again. The choices: Ciao
, I Miss You
, Pink Disco Trilobite
, Raspberry Possum
, Saltwater Taffy
, Sweet Galaxy
, Sweetie Darling
, and Vintage Ribbons
TinEye was bizarrely insistent on Cupcake
, bringing it up five times: two
. However, Cupcake
is the name that I landed on in the first draft, then decided I couldn't live with, so there's no point in considering it further. It seems like it should work. I don't know why it doesn't.
Conversely, I like Sweet Galaxy
a lot better than I probably ought to; I think I like each of the words separately, but don't care for them together
is apparently another one of those names that's just going to come up over and over until I use it, though I think it might actually be more appropriate for an orange seedling, as I think of Edina Monsoon
as wearing orange a lot more than I think of her as wearing pink.4
And if I've got a name that works for difficult to name orange seedlings, that I like well enough to keep considering, I suppose it should go to an orange seedling.5
I Miss You
) seems a little melancholy. Not the worst thing ever, but it's not like I'm missing anybody in particular right now.
I was sort of interested in Vintage Ribbons
, because it's true that cactus petals in general, and Schlumbergera
petals specifically, have a sort of satiny quality to them. I can't point to anything about the name that makes it a bad fit, exactly, but I don't think it works for me.
If you have a crystal of aluminum oxide (corundum
) that's colored blue by impurities, it's called a sapphire. If it's red, it's called a ruby. Padparadscha
is what you get when the impurities tint it pink, orange, or colors in between. The search results from DuckDuckGo
mostly lean pink, even light pink, whereas Google's
results run a little darker and oranger, but the bloom is within the range of colors accepted as padparadscha, either way. This name made the list of finalists, in my first draft of this post, but I chose Cupcake
because 1) Padparadscha
is a pain to type, and 2) I'm trying to keep a lid on the number of non-English words. Which turn out to be sort of the same reason, in the long run.6
And that's maybe as good a reason as any to throw out Ciao
, while we're at it, though it's common enough and short enough that I doubt it would cause the same problems.
The third finalist in the first draft was Rooster
), which I find both off-putting and appealing. The color isn't actually a very good match (though the shape
kind of is; the serration of the multiple petals kind of mimics the shape of a rooster's comb), but with allowances made for varying lighting conditions, sure, why not. I'm reluctantly leaving it off the list this time, more because I like all three remaining options better than because I have a specific problem with Rooster
. Though I acknowledge that Rooster
is silly and nonsensical and also possibly misleading as to color.
So that leaves us just the finalists, all from the emergency list. Pink Disco Trilobite
was considered and rejected for 074A Vroom
; Raspberry Possum
was considered for 078A Art Party
; Saltwater Taffy
is a brand-new option.
I like all three, but since I have to drop two of them, Pink Disco Trilobite
is longest (and maybe also a little inaccurate: I wouldn't say the flower is primarily pink
), and while I love Saltwater Taffy
the food, the name isn't actually specific about the color at all. I mean, I've seen green
saltwater taffy before. So I guess this one is Raspberry Possum
, which kind of surprises me, but the alternative is to write this post a third time. And I do not want to write this post a third time, so I will live with Raspberry Possum