THE SOMME (Shades of Darkness x Unchartered Waters): Mick Morry,  Tet - Dormant.
The Somme is 30 – 32 inches, early to mid-season bloom, 6 to 7 inch flower,
 a frequent polytepaler, that can have entire scapes poly here in the North.
It has solid 4 way branching, 17 to 24 buds. The Somme is a very rich port wine to sometimes near black bloom
with a reasonably flat yet deep blackish eye that holds up all day.

The Somme is the second in my World War One Memorial series,
and is one of the most important in the series as my great-grandfather, Howard Leopold Morry,
 served at Beaumont Hamel on the Somme battlefield, and survived one of its bloodiest days,
 when on a single day, on 1 July 1916, his Royal Newfoundland Regiment was reduced
from 860 to 64 members within 30 minutes – a true decimation of the regimental force.
He survived, and so only for that reason, I am here.
The Somme is one of the earliest flowers to bloom in our garden,
 and one of the most consistent in colour and form and breeding prowess.
An outstanding feature of The Somme is its gaseous golf-ball sized green throat that reminded me
of what my great grandfather said the poisonous gas looked like when it was unleashed
 against the allied troops in battles across the verdant the fields of France.

The Somme is a great breeding base for throwing some of the larger ruffles
and keeping clean solid colour when bred to some of the more finicky southern purples.
The Somme is almost too fertile and takes every time both ways,
 and has given us way too many seeds, but we still plant them and get great purples every time
– and tons of polytepaling kids. ($75 DF)