Six years ago I sowed seeds of a mid-sized antirrhinum that I think was called ‘Constantine’. I liked it a lot because some had dark leaves and it included some nice flower colours. But there were pinks and yellow and I don’t really like them together. The habit was compact but not too short and I collected seeds. I do not think it is available any more so I was glad to have saved some. Over the years I have been keeping an eye on them and some selfseeded. If they were close to the dark leaves and pink flowers that I wanted I let them grow and I collected seeds. Then this year I grew a large batch of them and we pricked out only the darkest seedlings.
The result is very satisfying. So far all the plants have a consistent habit, have very dark leaves and pink buds that are opening to blush pink flowers. They are a bit paler than I would like but I think they are pretty nice. I have one plant that is doing something very strange – I will show you that soon – and I think a few plants might have pinker flowers but for some reason these are slow to bloom. In the meantime, what do you think of my new antirrhinum?