Grif Buck photo and short bio

From this page at the Iowas State website.

Link: www.lib.iastate.edu/spcl/exhibits/150/template/buck.html

Thanks for that link, Don.

You’d think a University could do better than say things like “He was the first to develop a hybrid blue rose.” There is still no such thing as a blue rose, as we all know. Still, a nice little biography.

You’d think a University could do better than say things like “He was the first to develop a hybrid blue rose.”

Well, apparently Buck’s supporters thought he was on to something new with Buckblu (Blue Skies). In an article in the winter 1985 newsletter about Buckblu, W.R. Shaw makes the same claim. Buck himself talks about the general strategy of breeding for mauves in the fall 1973 newsletter, but this was over a decade before his Buckblu was released.

One has to wonder what it is about Buckblu that caused people to make these claims. It could be that under certain growing conditions it expresses high enough levels of rosacyanin to influence the color.

I find it interesting also that, like so many other breeders before him, Buck put a lot of effort into chasing yellows.

I’ve seen ‘Blue Skies’ and its pretty much just another cold mauve like ‘Blue Girl’ and the rest of its kind. Its definitely an attractive color, but the plant is a very poor grower. It is often very anemic.