Oh, how roses can stir our souls.
Thursday, February 19, 2015
There are SO many petals in each opening bud of 'Teasing Georgia' bred by David Austin, SO few anthers BUT a nice column of pistils in the center, that I did these pollinations a new way for me...I leave many of the petals until the pistils are exposed, apply the pollen, then put on the shroud and label each cross. I did this because I ruined a few perfectly good blooms by trying to remove every petal. The pollen parents here are: Mme. Antoine Mari, "Barfield White Climber" and my 12 year old climbing open pollinated seedling of 'Blush Noisette'.
John A Starnes