Sunday, January 20, 2013

Introducing 'Choose Life'

The 'Choose Life' rose is being introduced through White Forest Nursery, here in Bakersfield, California. It is a pink blend floribunda rose with exhibition form that blooms in large clusters and is very disease resistant in our climate. There are a limited number of plants (full-size, own root) that are on sale starting today for $17.99. We are donating all of the wholesale income to two local groups that support life. This rose is dedicated to life - adoption rather than abortion; treatment of depression rather than suicide; and comprehensive end-of-life care for the elderly and terminally ill rather than euthanasia. Please join with us in supporting life and share with your friends. Thank you so much.

Monday, January 7, 2013

2013 Planting Finished!

We planted all of the rose seeds this past weekend.  Lucky for me, the entire family participated which made the work much easier.  A perlite top-dressing will be added next weekend.

This year, 75% of the crosses included at least one parent that was a Hulthemia.  I am hoping for some interesting seedlings this year.

The anticipation begins, once again!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Out with the Old, in with the New!

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.