In the Pea Patch
I believe some of this has already been done, but in peas I'm working on breeding yellow and purple podded snap peas.
Had some problems with pea germination this year, particularly with Sugar Daddy and Super Snappy.
Mostly using Blauwschokker and Early Golden for the Red and yellow genes (I seem to hear about other red-podded peas that are better tasting, but they don't seem readily available.)
Peas I'm growing:
Blauwschokker -- Purple/Red podded soup pea (Tall)
Early Golden -- old yellow podded (red flowered) snow pea (Tall)
Sugar Daddy -- very short supposedly no strings
Super Snappy -- supposedly up to 6 inch pods - short growing
Early Freezer -- Regular pea- appears productive, has gene for two flowers per node. Short but taller than SD or SS.
Super Sugar Snap -- Improved variety of original snap pea (the one I've usually preferred to grow). Tall growing.
I find the very short snap pea flowers are harder to work with than the tall varieties (and it's not just the reaching down to the groud). The flower buds seem smaller and weaker and more easlily accidently detached. I've mostly had to use the Blauwschokker and Early golden as mother parents (though I'd prefer going the other way).
Had a 'fortuitious' accident in the Sugar Daddy row -- one of the peas came up with bi-color red flowers. I know its not from my regular red peas as all my reds are tall and this is the same size as the other Sugar Daddy's)I don't know if it's a mis-hybridization, an accidental cross pollination from the seed salesman, or a mutation, but I'm taking advantage of it in my breeding!
So far I've bred the following (don't know if all have taken yet):
BL(auwshokker) X E(arly) F(reezer)
E(arly) G(olden) X EF
BL X S(ugar) D(addy) R(ed)
EG X SDR
SDR (self) - Let bloom self pollinate, but marked the seed for saving
BL X SD
SD X EG
BL X S(upper) S(nappy)
EG X SS
Anyone else in the midst of a breeding project?