Thursday, April 25, 2013

I did some promising rose pollinations today, including pollinating the big pink Tea Rose 'Bon Silene' (good hip setter) with pollen from my white rambler 'Seagull'. I also pollinated 'Seagull' with my light pink Tea Rose 'Duchesse de Brabant'.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Woo Hoo!

I've tried for YEARS to get this rose, never could....Carol Meyer is mailing me her potted one!!!!! That tangerine toning blows my mind! THANKS Carol!

Monday, April 1, 2013

For many years now, my favorite yellow rose has been David Austin's breakthrough rose 'Graham Thomas'. In a stroke of genius he used 'Iceberg' in part to breed it for remontancy. I put a bud of GT in a coin envelope today to use this weekend as a "Dad" on 'Seagull'.

In 1989 in Denver I bought my very first Old Rose, 'Baronne Prevost' an Hybrid Perpetual from the year neighbor Cherrie says it STILL thrives there. What a treat to have an own root, organically grown one here in my Tampa yard a second time for three years now, but THIS time in a buried 5 gallon Water Wise Container Garden. This bloom was from yesterday in the midday heat. Lovely perfume, buxom form.