I see in the latest ARS Miniature and Miniflora Rose Bulletin where David Zlesak has an Award of Excellence winner! His rose is a medium pink miniature named 'Oso Happy
Great news David…congrats!
Bravo! Mazel tov!
Congratulations David … Great job
Thank you everyone!!! I’m very thankful and excited it won. It was difficult getting plants to the trial sites in the South shipping them in January from MN. I had to resend some because of cold damage along the journey and resent them in May/June of that first year. It was in the middle of the pack after that first year, so it was a surprise it did very well once plants were better established in the second year and earned an award. The disease resistance is what really allowed it to shine from my understanding. Some AOE sites are not sprayed. It branches and blooms a lot and keeps a nice mounded habit and has been crown hardy here in St. Paul. The blooms are double and are cute in bud and open to informal flat blooms. It is triploid and the old blooms fall off nicely if there is a bit of a breeze. It sets a very minor amount of hips and doesn’t have much pollen unfortunately.
The cross is (‘Lemon Fluff’ x ‘George Vancouver’) x ( ‘Orange Honey’ x (‘Spanish Rhapsody’ x 'Applejack’op))
I wrote a little article for the newsletter describing its background characteristics and being encouraged by Paul Barden especially to try to use some of the more female fertile minis in breeding with shrubs and species hybrids in the late 1990’s.
Thanks again everyone!!
Congratulations! I look forward to growing 'Oso Happy
Oh wow, what a great accomplishment. Congratulations! Liz
Amen! Mazel tov, David! I’m going to be quite interested to grow this one. Nice breeding line! Kim
Oh wow!! I am soooo happy for you David!!!
Great job David. I am so happy for you.
encouraged by Paul Barden especially to try to use some of the more female fertile minis in breeding with shrubs and species hybrids
Yeah, he’s a rose whisperer alright. So, Orange Honey and George Vancouver make sense and even Applejack OP I can see, having a number of them myself - but where did you come across Lemon Fluff?
Read all about it in the upcoming Newsletter. David has written an article dishing the whole story…
For those of us unfamiliar with Lemon Fluff, I found a photo from a grower. Looks a lot like Rise’n’Shine to me. Kim
It’s very pretty. I’m looking forward to more pictures.
A great rose for Marianne Yoshida and for the rose community.