When Cindy and Ron Valente first established their homestead in North Berwick, Maine – which soon was transformed into Valente Gardens – they were blessed with many wonderful friends. Ron dedicated this beauty to the Oldest Son and Wife of his dear friend Bill Chambers.
The plant gives forth incredibly gorgeous, 7” polychrome blossoms, firmly held high above the foliage, on sturdy 26” scapes that support a minimum bud count of 12 per scape – all on three-way branching. The blossom is rather round in overall shape, with lightly recurving petals and sepals. The petals are nearly half again as wide as are the sepals.
This flower is a true polychrome, presenting a delicately complex interplay of light yellow and pink tones throughout both the petals and sepals - and all above a slightly shallow, sour-apple green throat (RHS 143B), transforming upward into a gentle, yellow-green corona that spreads out roundly over the base of each petal. Generous ruffling fills the petal edges, with the more recurved sepals being only lightly rippled.
The thin, lanceolate foliage is somewhat plentiful, and is a medium green (RHS 136B). It is consistently strong and virtually streak-free.
This hybrid blooms in mid-to-late season in East Central Illinois - for most of July and into August. The flower has a light fragrance early in the day. This hybrid becomes fully dormant in winter.
Ron created this cultivar, 96-300-3, by crossing White Zone and Pink Ambrosia.
Jenn and Mike is significantly sturdy, with blossoms remaining surface-reflective and physically firm, with no edge wilt seen in 100-degree, direct sun, with 80% humidity. The only color-fade is a slight loss of green in the throat as the day progresses. From opening until dusk, this plant provides superior garden value.