... growing and hybridizing all kinds of plants in zone 6b Maryland since the 1980's.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Rosa carolina X gallica (surprise)

After quite a few years... this old hybrid is repeating a little like its seed parent Rosa carolina. As a seedling, it took a long time to build up any size and begin blooming. The foliage and hip shape were the only indications of hybridity. The blooms were relatively plain and didn't show much if any influence from gallica. Then I had to move it to our new home, so it got set back again. Now it's finally built up enough and it's decided to repeat near the tops of the stronger new canes. This is how Rosa carolina repeats. In the pictures below, note the hips maturing from earlier normal season bloom and in the second picture a new cluster of flowers.

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