Brad Jalbert's Own
Each summer, I make hundreds of crosses resulting in about 3000 to 5000 seedlings. It's not unusual to have less than 50% germinate, and only the most promising 100 or so are kept for further consideration. Over the next few years these roses will go through a testing and selection process based on their uniqueness and other attributes that will make them a suitable introduction to the market. Select Roses is pleased to introduce, after five or more years of rigorous scrutiny, perhaps three out of the original 3000 seedlings to the world rose market.
Over the years, I have introduced about 65 new hybrids to the world rose market. These pages include my favourites, and those that our customers particularly favour; more can be found by visiting Select Roses.
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No other class of roses is as cherished as the hybrid teas. These are the roses bundled by the dozen and presented as gifts from the heart. While florist teas are bred for specific colour and endurance characteristics, I like to work on retaining that pure rose perfume so that your garden teas are as beautifully scented as they appear.
Shrub roses and floribundas share a valuable and under-appreciated place in the garden. I've created several that are ideal for mass plantings or to create outstanding focal points in today's smaller gardens and patio gardens. I have been working on roses that possess a natural resistance to disease and pests, so that you can plant roses that are beautiful, easy-to-grow, and a dream to maintain.
William P.J. McCarthy has been a patron and a friend of Select Roses since its early beginnings. A real estate practitioner by trade, he holds certifications in residential landscaping, garden design, bee keeping, and rose judging; he is also an esteemed Master Gardener, who cultivates more than 1250 rose on his estate. This collection represents a small but noteworthy category within his collection: roses commissioned to honour the people and beliefs cherished by McCarthy and his family.
Miniature and patio roses are versatile garden plants that have all the qualities of large roses, reduced to smaller proportions. Despite their delicate appearance, they actually withstand cold temperatures better than most large roses. They can be grown in any climate across Canada with appropriate winter protection in colder regions. With the vast selection available, one can find a mini rose to suit almost any situation. If a miniature rose is on the large size, it's referred to as a "patio rose" or "Mini-flora". None of that really matters - just find some colours you like and enjoy these gems of the rose family.
Our miniature roses are all grown on their own roots. When you visit the nursery, you can choose from a vast selection of plants in pot sizes ranging from six-inch and one-gallon to larger decorative patio pots. They usually bloom from the end of April on. The quality of plant that we sell from the farm is considered by many to be the highest in the industry.