We managed to survive the snow and cold, hopefully our roses will too. Time will tell. As I write this the weathermen are saying THAT we may be in for another round of winter weather. I’m over winter and ready for spring, and I’m pretty sure I’m not alone.
On January 29th, Gretchen and I attended the Puyallup Rose Society annual winter banquet. It was great seeing many rose friends from the surrounding area societies. The highlight of the event was a presentation on hybridizing by Christian Bedard, the head hybridizer from Weeks Roses. He spoke about the basics of hybridization, but went on with fun stories behind some of well-known roses. For example, Marilyn Monroe and John F. Kennedy, while used as a breeding pair, (laughter from those who remember the sixties), Marilyn is not a good seed parent and JFK is a bad papa. So, Christian must use JFK as the mother and Marilyn as the pollen parent. Another interesting comment was that while he is happy that rosarians are excited about the 2017 Weeks introductions, he is quite tired of them, having worked with them for 10+ years. He’s much more interested in the 2024 roses! Needless to say, his presentation was very interesting and enjoyable and we are grateful to the Puyallup Rose Society for hosting us.
I hope all is well with everyone and I look forward to seeing many of you at the February meeting. In the meantime, keep making those lists of new must-have roses and let’s compare notes!