"12-59-10", bred by Ralph S. Moore, Visalia, California. 1959.
Breeding: 'Pinocchio' X 'William Lobb'.
This was to become one of the most important early hybrids in Ralph Moore's search for Miniature Moss roses. When pollen from this variety was placed on the miniature 'New Penny', 'Fairy Moss' was the result. 'Fairy Moss' went on to sire a whole race of Miniature Mosses and other fine shrub roses.
From the book "Modern Moss Roses", Ralph had this to say about "12-59-10":
"Along the way another important cross was made. One outstanding seedling (#12-59-10) came from a cross of Pinocchio (pink) x William Lobb. This selection has well mossed buds and resembles William Lobb but the plant is more vigorous with better foliage and brighter flower color. Abundant spring bloom leaves the plant covered with spiney hips. Because of the very thorny plant and difficulty in handling the mossy buds (emasculation is slow, tedious and messy) we have used this mainly as a pollen parent. However, we did successfully cross #12-59-10 with the miniature variety New Penny to produce Fairy Moss, the first miniature moss .... and Fairy Moss has proven to be a fertile parent (both male and female). From Fairy Moss we can, hopefully, proceed in several directions."
Needless to say, he did proceed in many directions with 'Fairy Moss'. Most of the Moore Moss roses have 'Fairy Moss' in their background, including 'Lemon Delight', 'Paintbrush', 'Toy Balloon', and 'Rougemoss', to name a few. Ralph has told me that he believes that "12-59-10" is still of potential value in breeding new Moss Roses and that it should be pursued.
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