'Lynnie' rose Description
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Pink. Strong, deep hot pink. Moderate, opinions vary fragrance. 6 to 9 petals. Average diameter 2". Medium, semi-double (9-16 petals), cluster-flowered, in small clusters, cupped-to-flat, open bloom form. Continuous (perpetual) bloom throughout the season. Decorative buds.
Medium, arching, bushy, compact, spreading, thornless (or almost), well-branched. Medium, semi-glossy, dark green, attractive fall color foliage. 3 to 7 leaflets.
Height of 3' to 4' (90 to 120 cm). Width of 3' to 4' (90 to 120 cm).
USDA zone 6b through 9b (default). Can be used for beds and borders, container rose, garden, hedge, landscape, rock garden, shrub or specimen. Very hardy. can be grown as a shrub. drought resistant. flowers drop off cleanly. heat tolerant. produces decorative hips. rain tolerant. Disease susceptibility: very disease resistant, very blackspot resistant., very mildew resistant, very rust resistant. Remove spent blooms to encourage re-bloom. Can be grown in the ground or in a container (container requires winter protection). Can be pruned to maintain a shorter habit. Needs little care; relatively disease-free and quite hardy.
Against all odds and experience, this rose actually resulted from a planned cross, yielding what was expected and hoped for, from the parents selected. Torch of Liberty, a Ralph Moore miniature, seemed what was needed to produce bushy, continuous blooming plants with saturated color. It's fertile, easy to propagate and begins blooming from a very small size plant. Basye's Legacy holds tremendous promise for health, vigor, thornlessness, and just generally attractive rose bushes. No one seemed to be using Legacy as it wasn't widely known. I'd grown it for a number of years after discovering it in the Huntington Library gardens in San Marino, California. It had very much impressed me with its parentage, health, vigor, beauty and ease of growth.
I planned to cross Torch of Liberty with Legacy, using the miniature as the seed parent because Legacy tends to self fertilize many of its seeds, and self seeds tend, in my experience, to begin life as rather weak plants. Using the mini as the seed parent eliminated the probability of a Legacy self. A mini self seedling would be easy to spot. The cross took beautifully, producing several hips and quite a few seedlings. Many were once blooming climbers. Nearly all were thornless, or nearly so. All had beautiful foliage and all ended up being deciduous.
The seedling chosen here is a bushy, well branched plant. It's nearly thornless, some plants entirely so. The foliage is semi glossy, more blue green than the usual shades of green. It grows in an arching, bushy, well branched form, scattering its blooms in small clusters and singly all over the upper surfaces of the plant. The color is quite variable, depending upon the climate and weather the flowers are produced under. The pointed buds open to semi single, open flowers which hold their color well until the petals drop cleanly. This is a very fertile rose! It will produce hips from every flower (hint to breeders). The hips are marble sized, ripen to a golden yellow and are very decorative on the plant and for cut arrangements.
The plant will begin blooming at a very small size and continues blooming as long as water and warm weather continue to be available. If the plant is allowed to completely dry out, it will go into a semi dormancy. Resumption of irrigation results in a flush of fresh growth and the plant literally being covered with bloom. It withstands the high heat of the Southern California middle desert as well as very cold weather. At the introducing nursery, small, four inch potted cuttings withstood nine degree ice storms, on an exposed table, for several nights. No plants were damaged nor lost. Reports from all over the country state it has very high resistance to blackspot, rust and mildew. Growers on the Gulf Coast state this one doesn't get black spot there, and it hasn't mildewed right on the Southern California beaches.
Colder weather and reduced light in Fall result in a deepening in color of the upper surfaces of the leaves and canes. Purple shades can be detected in the autumn leaves, and the plant completely defoliates itself just before winter. I believe it's because the plant is deciduous that it is so disease and cold resistant. The plant just shuts down when the weather isn't right for blooming. Here, in my desert climate, it often continues blooming all winter. The deciduous nature is a help come pruning time. There isn't any foliage to strip off the plant before pruning.
Lynnie is exactly what I'd hoped for from this cross. Each parent passed on to it the best qualities in the gene pool. It's proven so good, I actually did name it for my favorite Aunt.
Named for the breeder's favorite Aunt. Kim Rupert writes: this rose was bred from 'Torch of Liberty' X 'Basye's Legacy' (77-361). It is NOT dark red purple. The color is more of a 'Miss All-American Beauty' hot pink.
Ploidy from David Zlesak.