A hybridizer's journal

I have decided to put some energy into publishing a blog about my work: a hybridizer’s journal. I like the blog format since it allows me to write a couple paragraphs about a line of breeding, a seedling, or some breeding related topic without having to deal with the formatting issues and other obstacles I encounter when I publish writings on my “official” web site. I can just sit down at lunch and post a quick entry about something I was looking at that morning, etc. It also permits for interactivity and feedback, which is a plus.

If you’d like to view and/or subscribe to the new blog, please visit it at the URL below. I hope we can use this as an opportunity to enhance some of the discussions we engage in here, and perhaps some of the rest of you who like to write about their work will start a similar blog/journal that we can link together as a breeder’s community of sorts. I see this as an opportunity to enhance what we already do here at the RHF Forum. The Google blogging tool allows people to upload photos as well, without fees. This might be a very attractive feature for some of you who don’t have another service for doing this.

Paul Barden

Link: paulbarden.blogspot.com/

I guess that I am too old to keep up with all of these new alternate means of communicating.

Two questions do come to mind:

  1. Does Google include “blogs” in their hits? It was not uncommon to hear comments from beginning hybridizers that your web page information was very valuable. I assume that sometimes/often they found your information through a Google search.

  2. Are there problems with getting “mischef” (such as viruses) passed through “blogs”?

I liked it Paul. You’ve got some good roses also. Let’s have more pics!

A very well put together blog and it is really nice of you to share all the great features of Google, the photo upload tool sounds great, I might try and utilize this one.


Wikipedia has a pretty good entry all about blogs… click on the link.

I’ve had a blog for years, although I rarely update it. It’s mostly for family, although I do publish my short horror fictions right there.

They don’t have problems with viruses… at least, not in my experience.

there are several free blogging services on the net if you decide to blog.

Link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog

Great blog, Paul!

Been thinking of adding a blog to my new rose website but haven’t had time to even work on the website itself lately. Maybe I should just update my Live Journal more often…

looks good paul. looking forward to checking it from time to time. good color

on joyseed!. good luck this year with your crosses this year. pat

  1. Does Google include “blogs” in their hits? It was not uncommon to hear comments from beginning hybridizers that your web page information was very valuable. I assume that sometimes/often they found your information through a Google search.

Henry, I would think thats a sometimes yes, sometimes no situation. I think that in general, search engines don’t make cataloging blogs a high priority task. Since my journal will be closely linked to my site, I think it stands a better chance of being documented, but who knows.

  1. Are there problems with getting “mischef” (such as viruses) passed through “blogs”?

I would say that its no more of a security risk than any other web site, which is to say that chances are extremely small that you will encounter malicious code. (I assume you mean whether it is poses a treat just by viewing it) While it is possible to embed malicious code into any web page, it is in Google’s best interest to limit people’s ability to do so. Using the Blogger tools poses what I would think is zero risk to YOU as a blogger.


As far as security goes these kind of things are based on some kind of content management system (CMS) and as with anything that requires you to log in the security on your own home computer is more important to prevent your log in details from being compromised than the risk of being sent malicious code from external sources (although php is easier to ‘hack’ than some codes). The blog-cms would prevent certain file extensions and code types (i.e. javascript etc) from being published in your comments/feedback sections. My own rose website is based on CMS and after making websites manually for 15 years I find this is the way to go because it is like what you describe… you can come in, log in, and make changes without worrying about formatting because this s controlled by the CMS. The only thing I don’t like about blogs is they tend to get REALLY long requiring you to scroll down the page forever and have too many images embedded so it takes forever to fully load.

Added a new post tonight, take a look.

Link: paulbarden.blogspot.com/

There’s =always= room for a rose with great fragrance and disease resistance! I’ve got a spot right here…

A well grown Fortune’s Double Yellow is a magnificent rose. I tried a few crosses with it in 2004. I didn’t get any seedlings, but all my crosses with were with moderately fertile tetraploids. I just collected some pollen from it yesterday, but haven’t put it on anything yet. I wanted to put it on a fertile diploid, but didn’t have any in bloom. Perhaps I’ll try a more fertile tetraploid.

Hi Paul,

Are these Joycie x FDY seedlings also miniature in stature with tendencies to want to climb? I have a number of grafted specimens of FDY that I am hoping will take and a more mature plant on order as well so that I can also perform a similar cross.



P.S. I tried to leave a comment on your blogspot… but it appears I don’t have the right account memberships/profiles or something…


I had only enough pollen to make a few pollinations, but ‘Joycie’ took the pollen easily. (I believe ‘Joycie’ is a tetraploid) I could easily have ended up with hundreds of seedlings if I’d had enough pollen. I think its only a matter of finding a willing seed parent, and I expect there are plenty out there. Just pick one of your most reliable/easy seed setters.


PS: Unfortunately all of my best yellow/yellow blend seed setters are all Miniatures! I wish I had a good ful sized yellow shrub for a seed setter. Perhaps I should acquire ‘Golden Celebration’ after all.


“Are these Joycie x FDY seedlings also miniature in stature with tendencies to want to climb?”

Some are, but its clear that many of the ones that seemed to be “climbing miniatures” last year are now shedding their dwarf traits and growing large leaves and canes. Many of these are going to be BIG plants, I think. Time will tell.

I’m tempted to remake this cross using ‘Golden Angel’ instead to see if I get more clear yellows. The ones from ‘Joycie’ are going to be oranges more than anything, I bet.

PS: I had to change a setting on my blog to allow commenting without moderation. Your comment now shows up :slight_smile:


I haven’t used it yet, but the new yellow ‘Limoncello’ supposed to set hips very readily and is supposed to be very disease resistant for those wanting to explore some full sized yellow roses as seed parents. It was found by Mark Chamblee at Chamblee’s Roses. It was found among a group of Knock Out roses. It isn’t a sport of Knock Out (it was sent to David Byrne if I understand right for DNA fingerprinting), but may be a chance seedling that grew in among the bed of stock plants (he has a license to propagate Knock Out). Mark sells ‘Limencello’ through his catalog and Conard Pyle is growing it now too. I ordered a plant of it this past fall from Mark and it is quite pretty. My plant is young yet and in the greenhouse. My guess is it is tetraploid with all the large hips all over it on Mark’s plants when I visited his nursery last October. I will do a chromosome count at some point. It seems to have very wavy petal margins and reminds me of the pictures of some of the roses Ralph Moore is working with (does he call them oak leaf petals?).



I got mine last Fall when we went to Chamblees. Maybe it is because it is still young but it got blackspot pretty easy last fall and this Spring. I am spraying it and it still gets a few leaves with blackspot. The flowers don’t last that long and fade as soon as the sun hits it. It reminds me of sunny k.o. which fades the same way. It does have pretty foilage. I might try using it this Spring.


Hi Paul,

The blogspot is great. I have enjoyed your website imensely and it encouraged me and helped me in my introduction to hybridizing. I am very new at this but found Gold Medal has been an outstanding yellow HT seed parent and has taken almost every cross I have put on it. I have crossed it with minis, minifloras, HTs and Floribundas and they all set hips with between 1 and 15 seeds/hip. I am planting the seeds in a couple of weeks (it is Autumn here in Australia) so it will be a while before I can report on how well the yellow transfers to the offspring.



Good to see another Aussie on here Paul