Sunday, May 3, 2009

Since we're on the topic of miniatures....

I thought I'd show you a new mini: 58-06-05. This came out of a 2006 cross of Ralph Moore's famous yellow breeder 1-72-1 crosses with 'Hot Cocoa' by Tom Carruth. Only in my wildest dreams did I imagine a miniature with this color intensity would be possible. Now, to be honest, the plant lacks grace (grown in the greenhouse so far, it might look better when moved outside into the open) and the foliage is a bit sparse for my liking. But this is potentially a useful exhibition style variety, since it makes plenty of one-to-a-stem blooms that present well. This seedling also propagates rediculously easily from cuttings.

The photo doesn't do it justice, really; the petal texture is more velvety in reality and the color is deeper, richer, more luminous. Its a real "Jocelyn brown" color. Very "oxblood'. I'll be moving this seedling (and its sibling which is similar, but with better foliage and architecture) outdoors soon so I can see how it behaves in the garden. With any luck the plant will take on a more attractive growth habit and the foliage will improve.


  1. Ooo, nice! Well done, Paul!

  2. Thanks. Have you ever seen Harm Saville's 'Cinnamon Toast'? Mine has almost identical color to that rose, but significantly better vigor.

  3. swoons over that color!

  4. I am a new reader and I just love following your process!

    This is a lovely looking miniature. Is there anyway I can get a cutting of it?

  5. Terry,
    Since this variety is on the queue for commercial release, I cannot give out cuttings until it has completed the propagation and naming process, sorry.

    Thanks for your interest in my work.

  6. Paul,

    I had a feeling that might be the case. However, thanks for reply and am excited so see what new thing you have up your sleeve!