The new 2012 seedlings are sprouting like crazy and some of my most hoped for crosses are showing excellent germination. Shown below is a group of seedlings coming from a Hulthemia cross.
Although the development of new Hulthemia hybrids is my primary focus, I have interests in other unusual roses as well. One of my other interests is to develop a good repeat blooming crested moss miniature rose.
On the website HelpMeFind, the crested moss trait is given this description: "The fringed and mossy sepals project from the buds in such a way that they resemble little three-cornered hats like the French tricorne that Napoleon often wore" (for more information about crested moss type roses, please google "Chapeau de Napoleon rose", or for an excellent description, please go to Paul Barden's website at http://paulbardenroses.com/centifolias/cristata.html). My interest in the crested moss roses was first piqued by Mr. Ralph Moore several years ago. He spent more than 30 years working with the crested moss roses before he got any repeat blooming seedlings. He ended up with a handful of repeat blooming crested moss varieties that have not been released. One of his repeat blooming hybrids that I have had the opportunity to work with is his "Red Crested Moss". It produces large red semi-double to double blooms and has a fair amount of cresting on its sepals. Although it rarely sets hips (I have only seen one), it has proven to have good pollen fertility. I had not used it much until last year, but was very happy to see that many hips were produced and was even more pleased to see an excellent germination rate among several of the crosses where it was used as the pollen parent. The batch seen below, is from a cross of 'Pearl Sanford' X "Red Crested Moss". I may have planted them too densely to allow for good growth.
While it is possible that the first generation may not exhibit any of the crested moss type sepals, I am very excited to see what develops over the next few weeks!