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03 June 2010 @ 02:02 pm
And So It Begins...  
The first rose of summer has finally bloomed! Good old R. w. ultramontana!

No postings over the winter as my day job and Real Life kept getting the way. It wasn't a great year for new seedlings, though I did get the two crosses I'd been meaning to get, and in abundance: "Fa's Marbled Moss" x 'Song of the Stars' and "Fa's Marbled Moss" x "Marbree." I'm trying to find out if, as I suspect, the two forms of spotting are indeed quite different, and if so, how a rose with both types would look. Keep your fingers crossed.

The new seedlings sprouted in November and as is my usual practice, at five months old they were planted in the garden. Then there is a two-month sulk in which they lose all their leaves and grumble a lot, but now they are all growing back strongly.

The 2008 seedlings, of which I have about 30 surviving and are almost all open pollinated, are growing with a vengeance. I hope to devote a day each to them once they are in bloom. I've noticed that anything with "Fa's Marbled Moss" or one of the old gallicas as a parent have buds, but those with an Alba as a parent, while growing very well, have no sign of buds.

This winter was unusually wet--in fact, I heard we got at least two normal winters worth of snow. It was also quite mild, so I though the roses might be early this year. Instead, they began leafing out quite late; and for the first time ever, I have found slugs in the garden, both the usual ground slug and rose slugs!! Where have these things been for the last 16 years? Well, they're here now.

And my multifloras all died down to the ground. 'Veilchenblau' and 'Bleu Magenta' as well as the two species plants I have all just turned black, and I can see no immediate reason for it. We had no exceptional cold this year and in years like this they normally do fine.

Well, here's waiting on the babies to bloom! Something to look forward to at last!