2011 Introduction by Mick Morry

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                   *YPRES                               

 

*Ypres  (Mick Morry 2011 introduction) 

Tet  (Roman Renaissance x Salieri)
Dormant, Early to Mid Season  5-5.50 x 30" 4 way branching,

16-20 buds per scape. Easily fertile both ways.

 $50 DBL fan.


The first Battle of Ypres took place between October 30 - November 24,
1914. British, French and Belgian troops were outnumbered by the
Germans who were trying to get to the English Channel. The Allies won
the battle after 34 days of fighting, it started trench warfare on the
western front.

The second battle took place between April 22 - May 25, 1915. The
Germans used a new weapon, gas. They used poisonous chlorine gas, it
was heavier than air and flowed over the ground and into allied
trenches. The casualties from the use of Chlorine gas and then the
later use of mustard gas inflicted horrific losses to both sides.
Shortly after the Germans used Chlorine gas on the allied troops...the
British forces developed and added poisonous gas to their deadly
inventory. The birth of chemical warfare using nerve agents and other
form of toxic poisons had begun, and remained in use until the end of
hostilities. Chemical warfare added a new level of misery and terror
to the combatants on both sides. After five weeks of fighting the
battle was going nowhere for either side, the Germans ended it. The
Allies had 60,000 casualties, the Germans had a total of 35,000
casualties.

The third battle took place between July 31 - November 10, 1917. On
June 17, the British took the village of Messines. Between July 31 -
November 10, an extreme amount of rainfall and artillery fire made the
battlefield into a muddy swamp. It was almost impossible to march
across. The Germans, who were in concrete bunkers, killed a lot of
the Allied troops with mustard gas and machine guns. The Canadians
eventually took the village of Passchendale after months of fighting.
The Allies then stopped their offensive. In the end the Allies only
gained 8km, the casualties totaled 250,000 soldiers for each side.

I selected this flower to be named Ypres because of its somber dark
colours, but mostly because of its gaseous haunting throat. Ypres
throat on a hot day looks like green gas is flowing and swirling in
it. I have seen very few green throats as gaseous looking as Ypres
throat. Ypres has some wonderful dark eyed kids growing on for
introduction. 

 
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