Connie Lohn, bred by Paul Barden, 2003.
When growing roses from seed, it is sometimes worth growing open pollinated seeds (IE: self-pollinated) from some of the plants you use as parents. Doing so can illustrate what characteristics the plant tends to give to its offspring, which in turn helps the hybridizer make choices about other potential parents to use with that plant. Occasionally, something good happens when growing these open pollinated seeds. In this case self-pollinated seeds from the Mini-Moss 'Dresden Doll' resulted in this beautiful little seedling. This was the sole seedling I have kept from 3 batches of 'Dresden Doll seedlings, as most of the rest were copycats of their parent, and poor examples of it, at that.
'Connie Lohn' (registration pending) is a microminiature replica of 'Dresden Doll' with pointed buds that open to a much flatter "waterlily" shaped bloom. It tends to flower in cluster of 3 to 5 on lateral shoots, and new basal shoots can have 25 blooms or more. As you can see here, the buds have mossing just like its parent, as well as the delicate warm pink coloring. The plant itself is truly microminiature, rarely exceeding 12 inches in height! I find that this rose makes a very tidy plant without any shaping, if desired. Because of its tiny size, I keep my plants of 'Connie Lohn' in pots. That way I can examine the details of the buds and blooms more easily. I hope the public likes this rose as much as I have enjoyed it for the past 3 years!
merit rating: NA
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