Would like to try hybridizing this year ... suggestions needed.
Hello everyone! I am a lurker on these boards -- especially the main Rose forum -- but lately I find that my passion (or obsession, depending on your point of view) for roses has been growing. This year, I think I'd like to take a casual try at hybridizing roses -- just for the fun of it!
I thought I'd post to see if anyone has some suggestions for hybridizing with the very modest collection I currently have. Which of these roses might make good seed or pollen parents? I would love to try something with one of my two OGR's -- or perhaps even Darlow's Enigma ... Here's a list of what I have now:
Rosa Rugosa Wild Spice
Cinco de Mayo
Iceberg (these are just potted bare root roses)
What a Peach
I also have on order through RVR for a few band-size roses, but I'm doubtful I could use them this year:
Ghislane de Feligonde
Souvenir de la Malmaison
Jerry Jennings (Paul Barden rose)**
**That last entry also brings up a question I have, and forgive me if this is a terribly "newbie" question ... but is it illegal to use patented roses for hybridizing? Even if it isn't, is there a "hybridizing etiquette" I should follow? Most of my lurking has been on the main Rose forum, but I think I may have read post from a rose hybridizer or two here (maybe even Paul Barden?) and I wouldn't want to start off on the wrong foot! :-)
Any and all suggestions, comments and words of advice are appreciated!