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

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

BH3 - Rosa bracteata hybrid again

"BH3" - Rosa bracteata X (rugosa x palustris) with a bloom one evening last week.
This morning I looked closer at the two buds that still haven't opened and noticed that this shoot seems to have had a regular season bloom cluster followed by another blooming cluster that originated from a bud directly below the first cluster of flowers. And the current cluster seems to have originated from a bud that sprouted from below that secondary cluster. I wasn't able to tell if any of the other recent blooms had the same growth pattern. I always pay extra attention to stray late blooms on any once-blooming rose hybrids - hoping that some day I'll find a sport branch - something analogous to 'New Dawn' that sported from a once-blooming Van Fleet wichuraiana hybrid. I'll have to tag this branch to see how it behaves next season. The red arrows in the picture show (from left to right) the primary secondary and tertiary flower clusters.

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