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Post by Meryl on 17th February 2012, 16:02

I mentioned recently that I've been growing Tess of the D'Urbervilles and Scarlet Flower Carpet in close embrace, hoping for offspring with the best features of each.

Well, here's one result with pretty well no features of either....

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and in close-up...

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This flower is past its best but you get the idea.

Now I appreciate that the world will not be beating a path to my door for this rose but to it's mother it's kind of cute.

It also goes to prove what a lottery hybridising is. Assuming that Scarlet Flower Carpet is the pollen parent (which I realise is by no means certain), this rose has almost no features in common with its parents. The flower is midway in size between the two but is "painted" and has a pointed tip to its petals (SFC has the opposite, a notch in the middle and TotD has neither. Both parents bloom in clusters, the bub is solitary and its leaves differ from both parents. Most startling of all, both parents must be among the thorniest roses extant,whereas my baby is thornless!

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Post by AutumnDamask on 17th February 2012, 20:21

Lovely colour. Smile
Be interesting to see how it looks next year!
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Post by Ozeboy on 18th February 2012, 09:56

Bees will forage for pollen up to 3 klms from their hives though usually collect from the same species so there is a big chance any rose within that range could be the pollen parent.

Waiting for the first bloom on a new seedling gives me a great buzz and seeing them mature like your rose will give you great pleasure.
Well done Meryl.

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Post by Meryl on 21st February 2012, 09:45

As you were!

It turns out that, a while ago, youngest grandson, left to himself briefly, took an interest in the seedling labels. They were put back with no more certainty of accuracy than crossed fingers. So this little rose could be the progeny of Dublin Bay, which sounds a lot more likely. I'm still curious about the lack of thorns, though.

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Post by Carole on 23rd February 2012, 10:41

Oh dear, poor Meryl.

Children can be so helpfull.
A friend of ours grandaughter collected every name tag from about 60 iris's and gave them to him with the words "Grandad I have tidied up your garden"
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Post by Meryl on 23rd February 2012, 12:06

Aaaaaaaaaaaaagh!

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Post by Barbara B on 23rd February 2012, 15:54

Hi,
that also happened to the lady who was President of the Iris Society at the time. "Aaarghh" indeed.
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