Thanks for the lists. One thing I found curious however.
“Mister Lincoln” does not appear in either the pollen or
seed list. Being such a popular rose, I would have guessed
it to have been used at least occasionally for breeding
unless, of course it was sterile. I looked it up on
HelpMeFind.com and it claimed 26 (excluding Mr. Lincoln
climbing which I assume to be a sport) 1st generation
descendents. Now a few more of these could be sports, but
I would guess that is should have appeared on either the
pollen or seed parent list.
The list in my mind also presents a quandry for a breeder.
The most highly listed roses are likely good breeders.
However, do we want to retravel highly trammeled paths
again? The thing that came to my mind was a book on
hybridization, which unfortunately concentrated on cereal
grains. The author did make an interesting point. When
speaking about breeding for yield, he said the usual
process was to breed High yielder to high yielder. He said
that low X low was useless, but that High X Low often gave
very interesting results. If I can extend the analogy
(probably to the breaking point), If you were going to use
a highly used rose, I would only use it in conjunction with
a rose that was highly unused. Any thoughts on this?