Instead of feeling happy about this little achievement, I kind of feel sad.
Glossary: Peduncle--"The stalk of an inflorescence (a cluster of flowers) or of a solitary flower." The word comes from pedunculus, a diminutive of the Latin pes, ped-,meaning foot. In other words, peduncle simply means the 'flower neck'. In Bahasa Malaysia, we call it as 'tangkai bunga' or 'leher bunga'.
Roses have been known in the last century by growers worldwide to have bad reputation. Roses are said to be hard to grow, require regimental spraying, picky about their soils conditions, and etc.
|The long majestic peduncle with small bud on top.|
I take a long look at my garden and know that the above is true to some extent. I do the occasional spraying and I hate it.
|The flower blooms to 3 inches in diameter.|
|The peduncle is almost at 5 inches mark.|
The result - home gardeners like you and I must adapt our maintenance programme to compensate for the absence of qualities that make roses care free.
We spend dimes on fertilizers, pesticides and bloom enhancers and spend time to maintain our roses but pollute the environment and our bodies with wastes and endure the side-effects of these products in the process.
The funny thing is, the insects are winning. They naturally develop resistant to pesticides. They are now harder to control compared to in the last few decades.
Would I want roses that bloom a lot? Yes. Bigger blooms? Yes. Bold colors, long peduncles and stems? Yes, yes and yes.
But would I trade off any of these traits for roses that are disease resistant and care free?
The answer is absolutely YES!
Dear hybridizers, ...
Hybridizers of the last century had to be applauded for making roses so ever popular and cool with so many forms, colors and sizes to choose from. I am indeed grateful.
But I wish to thank and show support for the hybridizers of this century who've heard this loud cry and are doing something about it.
Today's rose hybridizers are engineering the long lost trait (disease resistance) back into roses and making this their ultimate goal; in addition to try to keep all other best traits that we love in roses so much intact.
As home gardener, I will do my part in choosing carefully what roses that go into my garden and opt to use safer and less products.
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