Monday, April 4, 2011

What is blooming in the greenhouse 4/4/11

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Today has been a little overcast, but all I need to do is to walk into the greenhouse and I forget how gloomy it is outside. I am going to begin today with two of our 2011 introductions that were blooming today.

H. 'Juanita Manley’
27" M SEv Re 5". Four-way branching, 25 buds.
     This cultivar was chosen by our sister-in-law, Juanita Manley, of Cranberry Township, PA to carry her name. The bloom is a very saturated cherry red with an ivory watermark and ruffles. One of the clearest cherry reds that I have seen. The substance is very good and holds up well except in very hard rains. The plant habit is very good. It is pod and pollen fertile in the greenhouse and we have some very nice kids coming. Petals are 2½” and sepals are 1¾”. A very showy flower in the garden. Seedling No. 0726 (Painting The Roses Red X Jean Pickles)

H. 'Rockets Bursting In Air’
27" M SEv Re 5½". Four-way branching, 25 buds.
     This has been one of my favorites since first bloom in 2007. I thought long and hard for the perfect name and H. 'Rockets Bursting In Air’ seemed to fit. The bloom is very clean and smooth and the color is a saturated magenta. The white midribs give the impression of ‘Rockets bursting in air’. The watermark of white accentuates the explosion. The edges of the petals are very smooth with a fine band of white. The substance is heavy and holds up well. Pod and pollen fertile in the greenhouse. Seedling No. 07100 (Pure Indulgence X Painting The Roses Red).

Now to the seedlings that were blooming today.

The first is Seedling No. 0037 a cross of (Cosmic Sensation X Larry Allen Miller). This is one of the darkest of the LAM kids. First bloomed in the field in 2010, selected, potted and brought into the greenhouse to use for hybridizing.

Pollen Parent
H. 'Larry Allen Miller'
(Stamile, 2005)

Pod Parent
H. 'Cosmic Sensation'
(Salter, 2002)

Seedling No. 0037 (Cosmic Sensation X Larry Allen Miller)

The next is Seedling No. 0039 (Shores of Time X Larry Grace), again bloomed in the field in 2010, potted and brought into the greenhouse to use in hybridizing.
Pollen Parent
H. 'Larry Grace'
(Salter, 1994)
Pod Parent
H. 'Shores Of Time'
(Stamile, 2002)

Seedling No. 0039 (Shores Of Time X Larry Grace)
I hope you enjoyed the show today.

Life is very, very good.



  1. Very special intros and seedlings. I adore Rookies Bursting in Air. Or was it Rockets?

  2. WOW Lee. Hope there is lots blooming next Sat morning. Hope to be there some time between
    8 and 9 am if that is good with you.

  3. Thanks for the comments, they are always welcome. Sharon, we are looking forward to your visit. Will you need a projector, laptop, etc? Around 9:30 would be best.