Friday, December 19, 2014
A few nights ago on The Magnificent Rose on FaceBook I saw a rose that also reminded me of "Fairmount Pink Celsiana"....'St. Nicholas'. When I looked it up on HelpMeFind I saw that it was found as a chance seedling in 1950 vs. being actually "bred". Once I get into my OLD pics from Colorado I will take a good look.
Monday, December 15, 2014
A little over two weeks ago I had a mild stroke and spent 6 days in Tampa General Hospital. I am taking meds, though I am taking less of one as it causes me to speak in a "word salad". I am have no insurance but they tell me they have a plan for everyone. I am staying at home and doing light house and yard work daily.
Friday, November 28, 2014
I took the plunge.....500 35 MM slides scanned by ScanCafe onto DVD for $115, $24.95 for secure shipping. I've selected most of the slides of my youthful art work, now to go through my slides of Colorado roses including those at Fairmount and Riverside cemeteries.
Saturday, November 22, 2014
A few months ago I got an invite from The Iranian Rose Society to join their FB page and I did. They don't post often and the text is almost always Iranian, but some of the pics are intriguing in that they remind me of certain Fairmount Cemetery roses, like this one.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Monday, November 17, 2014
My own root, organically grown rose 'Eugene de Beaharnais' rose arrived months ago as a TINY plant, but in a decorative Water Wise Container Garden it shares with a test leek it is growing quite well. The fragrance is jaw dropping. I harvested this bloom after taking the pic and plan to use the pollen on 'Champney's Pink Cluster' tomorrow morning. Since Denver winters hammered mine there to the ground each year I thought that trying it here was reasonable. We'll see how it is three years from now. One intent of mine is to use the pollen often on 'Old Blush' to make the resulting seedlings have more China Rose blood, which could/should make them Florida Friendly. In Denver I ALMOST took fragrances like this for granted, even in alley way roses, but here in Florida this QUALITY of scent is extremely rare. In my earliest days of poring through books about Old Roses at the Denver Botanic Gardens circa1990 I went mental over this rose conceptually since it was one of the very first repeat blooming roses to evolve in Europe due to 'Old Blush' having been planted amongst the once blooming Damasks, Albas and Gallicas grown there for centuries. Due to the rich saturated color and orgasmic scent my hunch has always been that 'Eugene' is a second generation seedling of a bee/wind caused cross of 'Old Blush' and a Gallica. Back then they did not know about controlled breeding, just letting bees etc. do the work. I am starting to be hopeful about this rose for Florida.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
This rose is not happy in Tampa and I understand why...while it is classified as a China, is it a seedling of 'General Jacqueminot' (1853), a Hybrid Perpetual that THRIVED in my Denver yard but that has died here 3 times and that I have never seen in any Florida rose garden....over the years I've lost 2 rare plants of 'Louis XIV' but today bit the bullet and ordered a third plus one each of 'Oklahoma' and "Secret Garden Musk Climber" from Roses Unlimited. They did not have the Graham Stuart Thomas form of Rosa moschata that over the years has died here 3 times both own root and on R. fortuniana. I persist because I want to breed with both as my 'Gold Blush' was bred under glass in Denver from (Rosa moschata X Abraham Darby). I love the idea of boinking 'Old Blush' with 'Louis XIV' to get more China genes in the mix. I want to boink 'Old Blush' with 'Oklahoma' too for the same reason. I love the sultry garnet purple and amazing scent of 'Louis XIV' and miss it and hope I can get this one to live and thrive.
'Louis XIV' has stunning color and fragrance!