Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Raindrops on Roses

Last Friday and Saturday we had an amazing amount of rain where it poured both nights for several hours and we even had quite a lot of thunder and lightning (reminiscent of my college days in Tulsa).  The fresh air following the rain was wonderful and the roses seemed to enjoy it too.  Here are a few newer seedlings opening up to take advantage of a break in the weather.

The first seedling is of a cross of L56-1 by a pink fragrant rugosa bred by Mr. Ralph Moore.  He gave me cuttings of the rugosa pollen parent several years ago.  L56-1 is a red single mini and was bred from 'Thrive!'.  The seedling shown below is a very vigorous mini and has clean rugosa type foliage.

The next seedling is second generation from "Basye's Thornless" and has a smaller Hulthemia blotch.  Another grandparent is 'Knock Out'.  It is low on thorns, but not thornless and clean, but gets hints of blackspot.  The coloring is more pronounced in the fall when the petals have darker edging.

The last photo is of a seedling that resulted from a cross between two of my Hulthemia seedlings. It opens white, but as the bloom ages, the white becomes pink.


  1. The second flower looks like it has some faint spotting. It reminded me of some of the other speckled flowers you have posted ( Is there some common parentage?

  2. Hi Darren, sorry for delay! Yes, there is speckling on this one, and it is doing this outside. The other one in my blog hasn't shown any specking so far outside the greenhouse. They both have Basye's Thornless as a grandparent, but they also have 'Midnight Blue' somewhere up the line which is where I think this is coming from.