Wednesday, May 11, 2011


44-09-13 = (R. foliolosa X 'Little Chief') X 'Therese Bugnet'

This is the first of this group of seedlings to bloom. Hardly an exciting flower, really, but not a surprising result, really, considering how significant a role R. rugosa plays in its pedigree. The fragrance, in fact, is pure Rugosa: richly Clove-like. The foliage is pure 'Therese Bugnet'; ferny, with narrow leaflets, and that odd matte texture. The foliage has been impermeable to the standard diseases so far, but testing in earnest for Blackspot won't happen till the selections are planted out in the open garden.

For now, I am collecting pollen from some of these selections to test as breeders. I don't consider these individuals as "finished" works, but as potential stepping stones towards improved cold climate-friendly plants.

You can view info about the seed parent here.


  1. Do my eyes see a hint of orange in that bloom or am I imagining things? Do you expect repeat from this one?

    (btw... I've closed my blog down, Paul, so you can remove it from your list of links :-) ).

  2. Hi Simon,
    Orange,, yes. There is just a hint of red at the center of the bloom, but it fades out to clear magenta after day one.
    Sorry you have quit your blog, Simon. Like many, I read it often, but commented infrequently. (I recognize that 99% of readers never comment, and thats fine) I'll miss your contributions to the discussion, but there is always the RHA forum!

  3. It's all good, Paul. I got a pretty huge promotion to the Tasmanian Science Teacher's Association Council so I have been 'trimming the fat' so to speak... I have a special top secret project I'm working on too ;) so I need to reduce my load. I've handed over the running of Rose Talk Australia too.

    I am happy to stay in touch through your blog, A and via email. Your blog is the first place I go to get my rose fix after getting home from work and the kids are in bed :) I'll leave the blogging to the experts :)