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Discussion id : 113-185
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Initial post 2 days ago by Margaret Furness
You are finding some interesting old illustrations. This one depicts Helen Good pretty much as a bicolour, which isn't mentioned in the description available.
Reply #1 of 1 posted yesterday by HubertG
I enjoy looking for those old illustrations ;-) I'm appreciating these hand coloured catalogue illustrations more and more because, although they can't be totally relied on for botanical details (as might an old photograph be), they often give a good overall impression of a rose's appearance. Sometimes when you view them as a thumbnail along side the other photos here, some can look rather realistic. I appreciate the artistic skill too.

The description accompanying this illustration includes: "Helen Good is a sport of the world-famous Maman Cochet. It is identical in foliage, growth, size and shape of flower with Maman Cochet. Its only difference is its color. It is a delicate pink, each petal edged deeper"

Some descriptions seem to emphasise its yellow, some its pink. A few other old references indicate darkening at the petal edges.

I wish we had this rose in Australia, by the way.
Discussion id : 113-144
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Initial post 5 days ago by Leeann79
Does this rule apply for a Quicksilver climbing rose? This cluster in the photo looks identical to the cluster on the very top of the new thick canes on my plant.
Discussion id : 113-138
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Initial post 5 days ago by Margaret Furness
Watch out for friends who are compulsive deadheaders... Fortunately since it's close to the ground, it may be relatively safe.
Reply #1 of 5 posted 5 days ago by HubertG
I'll be keeping a close eye on this one, Margaret. I'm more concerned with possums and anything else that nibbles, to be honest.
Reply #2 of 5 posted 4 days ago by HubertG
After such a long dry spell, it rained fairly heavily overnight, and so not wanting to risk the whole thing rotting, I felt I had no choice but to remove all the petals. It was rather a pity really, but at least it revealed an otherwise normal Maman Cochet bloom.
Reply #3 of 5 posted 4 days ago by HubertG
I took a few photos. There were a few stamens on the flower but it didn't look as if any of the pollen sacs had opened
Reply #4 of 5 posted 4 days ago by Margaret Furness
Based on advice from various Oz rose-breeders, I remove all petals but one (that one helps to find the flower later) and the stamens from flowers I pollinate, so there's pretty well nothing left to attract bees. I put a coloured twist-tie around the stem to help find the hip later on. Warren M also cuts one sepal across to show himself that he has pollinated the flower.
Anticipating your question: no, I haven't bred anything worth releasing. There are enough mediocre roses out there already!
Reply #5 of 5 posted 3 days ago by HubertG
Yes, this wasn't fertilised in the 'proper' way because it was already open and exposed when I discovered it, so any future progeny can't be certain of their father. However that doesn't really matter that much to me because anything I get from this will still be a "seedling of Maman Cochet" which is pretty special. Although, I daresay that if the Lorraine Lee cross took, that rose is distinctive enough that I'd think I'd be able to discern some qualities of it in any seedlings.
The bread tags are a good idea because you can write the date and cross in pencil on them, and if you use a colour that stands out it's easy to find.
Discussion id : 113-135
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Initial post 5 days ago by carmenbcdc
Qué composición más bella, me encanta, muy fina y delicada.

A mí también me gusta hacer arreglos florales, pero los míos son más sencillos.
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