Happy New Year 2013!
Today and yesterday, we have done the bulk of the work to clear out the greenhouse of surviving seedlings. Thousands had already been culled and only 300-400 were remaining. Most had markers with notes on them telling why they had been saved, but many had no markers or notes. During this time of cleaning out the greenhouse, most of the unmarked seedlings get culled instead of being potted up for further evaluation outdoors. There were two of the unmarked seedlings however, that were blooming. It is their late season blooms that saved them.
The first is a pink blend, floribunda sized bloom with good form and cleanliness. The second is a dusty red floribunda that is nicely fragrant. They are the last rose blooms of last year and the first blooms of the new year. And, they will survive for a full outdoor evaluation. I am glad that they were blooming.