Friday, October 24, 2014
My 'Bobbie James' was very happy in my Denver yard as it is in my Albuquerque rose friend Lee Sherman's yard. A while ago I called to ask her if she could mail me 20 of the tiny open pollinated hips for me to experiment with here in Tampa...I thought it'd be a long shot here as I've always thought of it as a multiflora ramber (here in Tampa over the years I've just seen "Seagull' and 'Pink Clouds' do well here). But HMF says it is a hybrid Wichurana, which all do well for me here. I LOVE the hydrangea-like globular clusters and am already fantasizing about crossing any seedlings I get with Teas and Chinas to get remontant Ramblers for Florida! Maybe I'll even just buy a 'Bobbie James'! woo hoo!
Sunday, October 12, 2014
This repeat blooming Rambler is just an open pollinated seedling of 'Blush Noisette' that I selected in 2004. Almost always in bloom, sharp/sweet Multiflora perfume, no bug or disease issues,sets some hips...I've never liked how many blooms don't finish cleanly. But it gets zero care beyond run off from nearby veggie container gardens, so I will train it back up onto the rebar and begin using it as a seed parent along with 'Seagull' and 'Old Blush'. Sometimes opens light pink, other times near white. It is SO reliable I'd be a fool to not breed with it! I especially like the long clusters that form now and then. I will root a few clones to share and grow elsewhere in my yard as breeders. I will be curious to see how it does if actually cared for! Ramblers, once blooming or not, are a very rare sight in Florida.
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Small bloom on a small young plant but OH that perfume! One of my earliest Old Rose loves in Denver...nice to have one in a pot here in Tampa! The classic Damasky/OGR scent is very uncommon in central Florida so this is a real treat. I hope to cross it with 'Old Blush'.
Friday, October 10, 2014
Andy Firk since you have been following Luther Burbank's food crop breeding work lately, I want you to see a rose he bred that for years Joyce Demitts and I have felt is a very likely ID for the iconic "Pink Cracker Rose" that in the 70s and 80s was a common sight in Tampa. It is called 'Burbank' but for decades there has been confusion between it and 'Santa Rosa' which came from the same hip from the same cross of (Bon Silene X Hermosa?). When I showed Joyce her first ever "Pink Cracker Rose" she immediately pointed out traits of 'Bon Silene' in it.