So instead of starting a whack of threads I decided to stick all the random thoughts running through my head into 1 post. So here goes…
First, Paul B. thank you for the L83 pollen a few years ago and I too really miss your blog. I’m glad that you pop up on the forum.
I’ve started pollinating this year. I’ve been using Prairie Peace pollen on my mini mosses, Alberta, and a Julia Child x (Luis Desarmero x John Cabot) seedling. I’ve posted a few pictures of PP in the 2012 rose album (see link below). This is the first year that it has bloomed for me. In 2010, I ordered it from Rocky Mountain House, Alberta and it took the Greyhound across Canada. It is probably going to be quite a monster.
I’ve also been using Oso Easy Paprika pollen on Prairie Celebration, a Gemini x Baby Love mini, and a Everest Double Fragrance x Morden Sunrise seedling. OEP pictures are also posted. It is quite a nice rose in my garden and very clean for me.
The decision that I made this year was to start using a few of my clean and vigorous Home Run seedlings from previous years as pollen sources. I have 2 Morden Sunrise x HR seedlings and 1 Glowing Amber x HR seedling that are being put on an assortment of roses.
Finally I took a trip to the UofG arboretum this morning and came back with a few blooms of Prairie Maid. Great smell and interesting background. I’ll probably pollinate Alberta and Carefree Beauty with it.
So why did I go to the UofG arboretum this morning? Well I have this found seedling from last year that is intriguing me. There are a couple of photos in the album (see link below). I guess rose seedlings sprouting up in the beds was bound to happen eventually. This particular seedling is rather interesting. It was extremely winter hardy; it is very vigorous; and it has 9-leaflets. So my first thought was that my Explorers are responsible for this seedling, William Baffin was my guess. But my WB does not have 9-leaflets, neither does the poor specimen at the arboretum. So any ideas or thoughts about this found seedling are more than welcome.
My explorers (William Baffin, John Cabot, Alexander MacKenzie) are fence eaters. They are not fertilized, receive absolutely no winter protection, and I do not use sprays of any sorts. Those same explorers at the UofG arboretum are barely recognizable. I was stunned by the difference and I am not quite sure why they look so poor.
So my last random rose thought for the day is that it is really fun to have a garden full of roses that are not mainstream. I find that most of the seedlings that I have ended up keeping are very different than what you can find in the nurseries. And I am now starting to get pretty ruthless in pitching things out. Vigor, disease resistance, winter hardiness are must haves for me, the cool blooms and scents are bonuses right now. Below is a link to the 2012 album.