Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Some fun results from the 2012 seeds (germinated in 2013)

It frequently takes a season or two (or more) for seedlings to begin showing their potential. These are all plants which were bred in 2012 and germinated over winter 2012 - 2013. They've been individually potted for only about 90 days. Some of them are beginning to show some rather startling vigor. 

One of the more satisfying crosses has been Pretty Lady X Lynnie. Most seedlings have quite clean, attractive foliage. Some are very low prickle count while a few have a rather high density of them. And, most are showing quite good vigor. Colors have ranged from a medium, almost lilac-pink, through the expected pink range to a light-medium red. Forms have ranged from high-centered HT; semi-double, ruffled, open to an almost quartered. A few have rather exaggerated, lacy, decorative sepals, something I am increasingly desiring in crosses. Surprisingly, there is also a good deal of scent. 

Pretty Lady X Maytime. I hope it inherits Maytime's legendary mildew resistance. 

April Mooncrest has proven to be a good pollen and seed parent. It is passing on decent health, vigor, scent, foliage and even some of its crested sepals. 
Some rather interesting foliage colors have also shown up in this seedling batch. April Mooncrest when crossed with Pookah provided pretty summer foliage, but when things turned cool...WOW! Now temps are warming, the red tints are remaining, though slowly returning to more green.

Rosy Purple X Lynnie provided this result.
Art Nouveau has really proven to be quite a breeder! It is fertile as both seed and pollen and it germinates extremely easily. Its foliage is healthy here and so are all of its offspring so far. 

 Art Nouveau X Blue for You
 Art Nouveau X Gina's Rose

Eyes for You didn't produce many seedlings, but this one from Eyes for You X Lynnie is quite attractive.

Yellow Sally is my seedling raised from Sally Holmes. I raised an incredibly vigorous seedling from this using pollen from Secret Garden, a found Musk rose. This one is gorgeous and more than a bit scary! 

Finally, there are also some rather interesting results from my 1-72-1Hugonis seedling. Using it with a very healthy, dark red, single rose related to his Thrive!, Home Run and Knock Out, shared with my by Jim Sproul, some quite nice foliage has resulted. 

Pink Petticoat X 1-72-1Hugonis provided two seedlings. One is more dwarf and diminutive. 

The other is extremely vigorous with quite dense, beautiful foliage. 
1-72-1Hugonis X First Impression
And, one of the most "out there" crosses to have germinated from this line yet, 0-47-19DLFED X 1-72-1Hugonis. This represents the combination of Floradora, R. Wichurana, R. Fedtschenkoana, R. Hugonis and 1-72-1. It contains three species, a mid century German floribunda, and two of Ralph Moore's most useful breeding roses. There is no way to second guess what might result from this cross. 

Stay tuned as there are many more results developing from the 2012 breeding season!