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Unnamed seedling, Paul Barden, 2000.

test seedlingIf you ever decide to grow your own roses from open pollinated seeds you collect from your garden, don't let anyone tell you that this in an unworthy pursuit. This seedling came from a batch of self (or open) pollinated seeds I sowed in 1999, given to me by a Colorado Rosarian. (Thank you!) It is currently planted in my test seedling plot for evaluation.

The blooms are average in size for a Gallica: 3" diameter, and nearly perfectly formed, fully double with a bit of a button eye. There is a moderate sharp Gallica fragrance. The shrub has only moderate vigor so far, but I'm hoping it will pick up speed this coming season. I think this is as nice as any of the named Gallicas I grow, and look forward to watching the plant develop.

ARS merit rating: None
Personal merit rating: under assessment.
Hardiness: Likely USDA zones 4 to 8, zone 4 in a protected location.
Shrub size: unknown, still 2 X 2 feet.

Fragrance: 3.0, mild Gallica scent.

Alain Blanchard seedling,
(see Song of the Stars)
Chianti Gloire de France Sissinghurst Castle
Alika Complicata Henri Fouquier Song of the Stars
Allegra (new 2003) Cramoisi Picotee Hippolyte Surpasse Tout
Belle de Crecy "Deep Purple" James Mason Tricolore de Flandre
Belle Isis Désirée Parmentier La Belle Sultane Tuscany
Belle sans Flatterie Duc de Guiche Marianne Tuscany Superb
"Brooks Purple" Duc de Fitzjames 'Mécène' Tuscany Superb X Othello
Camayeux Duchesse de Montebello Nestor Un-named seedling
"Carol's Favorite" Ellen Tofflemire Orpheline de Juillet "William Grant"
Charles de Mills Empress Josephine Rosa Mundi Ypsilante
Cardinal de Richelieu Gallicandy "Rush Family Rose"  

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