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Initial post 24 JUL by JasonSims1984
In the book "Encyclopedia of Roses" authored by Charles and Brigid Quest-Ritson, published by DK publishing, the parentage of 'Mr. Bluebird' is:

'Oakington Ruby' x 'Old Blush'
Reply #1 of 1 posted 25 JUL by Patricia Routley
Thanks for that JasonSims1984. I have added that as a reference.
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Initial post 24 JUL by JasonSims1984
Does this rose set hips? I'm pretty sure it's triploid, but it clearly has a ton of descendents. Probably through pollen? A lot of bourbons are triploid, but I'm sure most of them are at least slightly fertile crossed to tets.
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Initial post 23 JUL by JasonSims1984
It turns a very pretty light lavender blue in heat and full sun. It probably inherits that from its parents. It is faintly fragrant of wild rose. It's not anything amazing, but hybridizers will like it.
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Initial post 23 JUL by JasonSims1984
Hi Paul. :) I was wondering if you still grow roses and enjoy them, even if you're not actively commercially hybridizing.

I really love the fact that you have focused on damasks, gallicas, mosses, and other classes that have gone out of circulation. I LOVE mosses, crested and damask type. They are so beautiful.

I just want you to know that I plan to take a lot of the stuff you have worked on and carry it forward. Things like Umbra and Crested Damask. Your mosses are very nice roses.

I just wanted to write my not-so-secret-admirer praise. :)

I really respect your hybridizing work. I would love to take the things you have done like Midnight Blue x (Orangeade x fedtschenkoana) and use them to enhance the blue moss roses you have made. I will probably repeat that cross. Or if you still grow that cross or anything like it, I would love to trade plants with you. I have tons of things besides roses, too. Daylilies, Iris. Lots of stuff.

Kim Rupert sent me Oadafed and some (International Herald Tribune x Lila Banks) x fedtschenkoana and other fedtschenkoana derivatives. I look forward to doing a lot of species crosses with them. Mostly rugosas, kordesii, bracteata, moschata, roxburghii, etc. The remontant species.

I just wanted to know if you still work on crosses as a hobby, and what you have been up to. :)

I look forward to hearing from you!
Reply #1 of 1 posted 23 JUL by Barden, Paul
Thank you Jason :-)

I did attempt a few crosses using Crested Damask as both seed and pollen parent years ago, and the only cross I got seeds from was Crested Damask X Crested Jewel. Sadly, most were very weak, mildewy plants, and only three of them flowered: none of them had cresting worth keeping. Its possible you can accomplish something using it, but its just like the rest of the primitive Cristata hybrids: its a compromise and the odds are not in your favor, moving forward.
I still have two plants of the Midnight Blue X OA-Fedt, but out in the open garden, both are very disease prone and tend to build up a lot of dead wood every year (seems as though wood lasts only 2 years before senescing). I've never successfully rooted cuttings of it and it doesn't sucker, so.....

As for hybridizing the genus, I have not made any crosses since 2010 and I have no plans to resume.
Thanks for asking!

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