Saturday, May 7, 2011

"Lost Seedlings"

Several unreleased Moore seedlings resurfaced recently during a garden tour. I was able to identify the others, but these two defy my attempts to put names to them. I recognize them, but information about them isn't easy to dredge from the mud of my memory.

The first is a repeat flowering climber. As you can see, it flowers heavily, and is reported to continue its efforts all summer long. There is a scent to them, probably stronger than was apparent on the day of the open garden as it was sunny and rather breezy. It impressed me as ripening green peaches. Others in attendance stated it reminded them of fruit scented tobacco.

The flower clusters are amazing! It blooms like a Hybrid Musk, forming buds at the leaf axis along the ends of the canes instead of in terminal clusters, much like Renae. I doubt if Renae figures in this rose's background. Nothing about it 'speaks' Renae other than how the flowers are borne.

The other is definitely a Rugosa hybrid. It stains red on the petal reverses where the sun strikes them. I couldn't discern any scent, but the blooms weren't fresh and it was already mid day when the photos were taken. I can remember in which green house this grew, and what a former friend used to call it. Attempts to obtain further information from Caroline and Burling have not brought anything new, other than it is thought to be a Belle Poitevine seedling. The only thing that makes any sense to me about it would be with Golden Angel. Hopefully, more information can be gleaned from other records not readily available. Unfortunately, nothing on the official Sequoia breeding record fits either.

 VERY clean foliage, not far from the south coast beaches, in a no spray garden. Not bad at all!

 Whatever they are, I hope we can dig up information about them as they are both interesting and nice garden roses which may have useful genes to play with.


  1. Hope you were able to obtain cuttings of that lovely pale pink climber. Would be nice to spread that beauty around!

  2. Thanks, Sally. Yes, ma'am, cuttings of both were collected and sent for budding. We'll see what happens. I've also tried wrapping cuttings of both, but they were left in water probably far too long. Again, we'll see how they work. Fortunately, the mother plants are only about forty-five minutes from home. Kim

  3. Hi Kim--I posted a comment from ID, but it disappeared!? The wonderful world of cyber-space, I guess. I love the pale pink rose above--hope you got some cuttings so this rose will not be lost!

  4. Yes ma'am, it's being seen to. Fortunately, the existing plant is well guarded and loved so if these don't work, another "expedition" can be made.