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'Basye's Legacy' rose References
Book  (1985)  Page(s) 81-84.  
 
One cross I made in 1956 was R. Carolina x 'Hugh Dickson'. Among the open-pollinated seedlings of this cross was one which, during its first year of growth, appeared to be thornless. During its second year, however, a few thorns appeared on the laterals. I then grew 15 open-pollinated seedlings of this rose, one which proved to be completely thornless. It bears the number 65-626.


In 1975 I applied to ['Basye's Amphidiploid'] the pollen of 65-626. One of the seedlings, 77-361, was not only thornless and free of bristles, but had perfectly smooth midribs!


If 65-626 should, in younger hands, be privileged to play some role in the thornless roses of the future, then perhaps it should have a name. I have chosen 'Commander Gillette', for the navigator on the light cruiser, USS Marblehead, on which we both served in World War II.

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