Performing Rose Weddings
I had inherited this book from a local hybridizer friend
in the mid-eighties but my job with a pump company left me with very little
spare time for reading or hybridizing and I never even opened the book.
Finally, in May of 1992 I was able to take early retirement and I had
all the spare time in the world. In 1993 I was able to do more reading,
opened my 63 year old rose book and managed to perform a record number
of approximately 1000 rose weddings. During my working years
I had never averaged more than 100-200 crosses annually.
Now, having a record number of seedlings, I soon learned that all the knowledge in the world does not help if nature does not cooperate; it only explains ones failures. As I have mentioned in another article, hybridizing is 99% luck and only one percent planning!
(first published in the Rose Hybridizers Association newsletter in winter 1995)