Garden Compass Rose Trip October 7 and 8, 2003

We took a bus trip with Garden Compass to see the miniature roses at Ralph Moore's Sequoia Nursery and then to Wasco to the rose fields of Star Roses and Weeks Roses.

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Micro Mini flower arrangement
 

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Caroline Springer demonstrated how to cross polonize a rose.
 

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Caroline Springer and Mr. Moore at Sequoia Nursery
 

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Mr. Moore and John Bagnasco at Sequoia Nursery
 

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Burling Leong removing thorns before making a tree rose.  After that, all the eyes are removed.

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Rooting tree rose canes.  They are watered every 10 minutes.  After they are rooted, the buds are implanted.  They are rooted in a mixture of pearlite, orchid bark, and peat moss.
 

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Burling demonstrating how to bud a tree rose.
 

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Demonstration of rose budding

1. Creating a place for a bud graft.
 

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2. Cutting off the bud to be grafted
 

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3. Bud implanted in host plant
 

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Another bud implanted in host plant
 

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4. three buds being wrapped with parafilm surgical tape.  This tape falls away when the cane grows.  Other tapes need to be cut off manually.
 

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3 buds being wrapped with surgical tape
 

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This tree rose has the buds starting to grow
 

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Happy birthday to John Bagnasco.
 

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The group enjoying cake.

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Pat, Mr. Moore, and Sandy. Mr. Moore will be 97 next month.
 

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Barbecue dinner at the hotel
 

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Bruce, Sharon, John, Julie Newmar, and Chris Greenwood from Armstrong Roses
 

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2004/2005 own root shrubs. Plugs were planted in September.

These are at the Star Roses fields in Wasco.
 

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Virus indexed Dr. Huey root stock growing.  Desired roses will be budded onto this stock.

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2003-2004 ownroot shrubs.  This was started 1 year ago and will be harvested in December.

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2 year rose crop to be harvested Fall 2004.  Both the root stock and grafted roses are present.  The root stock will be removed above the bud union.

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2 year budded crop to be harvested in November.

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Jacques Chirac of Star Roses

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Tom Curran of Weeks Roses

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Our bus driver, Bill

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Flood irrigation.  The water is collected on the other end and reused.

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Flood irrigation return.

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John and Julie Newmar holding Julie Newmar roses.

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These tree roses are mowed so they don't get top heavy and blown over by the wind..

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Pat played with her digital camera on the trip home and took these pictures of lights by moving the camera.

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These are the roses I bought at Sequoia Nursery in their new home.

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Star Roses
2003 Field Tour

Stop 1 This is our 2004/05 crop of ownroot shrubs. These plugs were planted Sept. 8 22 from our three suppliers. The balance of the field will be planted with hardwood cuttings at the end of the month. This crop will be harvested in Dec/Jan of 2004.

Stop 2 This is our 2003/04 crop of ownroot shrubs. This crop started one-ago as you saw in the previous field. We will start harvest on this crop in December.

Stop 3 This is the 2-year rose crop which will be harvested in the Fall of 2004. You will notice the understock (Virus indexed Dr. Huey) and the variety growing both on the plant. The understock will be taken off from the plant along with all growth above the bud union in January. After January, the heavy labor cultural practices cease and the plant is grown on with several mechanical nippings until June.

Stop 4 This is the finished 2-year budded rose crop to be harvested in November. The plants are not fertilized after July, but we do actively keep them free of weeds, disease and pests.

Stop 5 This is our research block, our lifeline to the future. We review and evaluate this block on a weekly basis. We also have an identical block in the Conard-Pyle research area in Pennsylvania. Besides an outstanding breeding program, one of our biggest advantages for introduction of new varieties is our ability to evaluate our varieties in two very different climatic conditions. None of the other US breeders do the detailed evaluation on their varieties in such varied climates. We firmly believe out introductions will serve the gardening public well in all climates of the US.
 

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