I’ve just concluded my first year back into breeding. Because I live in Oakland, CA, I can make crosses through July and they’ll ripen by mid-November or so.
Here’s what happened this year:
Oso Easy Italian Ice is extremely healthy, vigorous and compact, and sets seed very easily: 90% hipset with, I’m guessing, 8 seeds per hip.
Pinkerbelle is the healthiest hybrid tea I’ve every grown and it sets golf-ball size hips–100% hip set–each, I’m guessing with 20+ seeds per hip.
Red Pixie is a compact, velvety red small floribunda that sets seed very well.
I got Oso Easy Double Pink as basically a rooted cutting in June, so I haven’t bred with it but it’s very tiny, very healthy foliage.
Peachy Knockout–your fellow ARTA rose gets mildew in Oakland and is not vigorous. It only made about 10 flowers only half of which took–maybe 4 seeds per hip, I’m guessing.
Mango Veranda is a spready, not dense, very glossy-foliaged healthy plant but has produced very few flowers–50 petals, confused center, unattractive. I haven’t and don’t plan to breed with it.
Flower Carpet Pink Perfection–Great compact habit, shiny foliage, no blackspot but mildews badly. Bred with it anyway.
I’ve been using mixed pollen for all my males–because I don’t have the time to label. The mix is of the best excellent-formed pot plants: Karina Parade, Gigi Parade, and two unnamed picotee varieties (bad mildew but gorgeous flowers, in perfusion fully covering a vigorous but compact mini plant) and one gorgeous red one (and the latter is healthy) from Por La Mar.
I used a couple of old-time females: Sheer Elegancc and Silver Jubilee. Each got 100% take.