Dresden Doll, Bred by Ralph Moore, California 1975.
From Mr. Moore himself, on the first sucesses with the Moss Minis: "One outstanding seedling (#12-59-10) came from a cross of Pinocchio (pink) x William Lobb. This selection has well mossed buds and resembles William Lobb but the plant is more vigorous with better foliage and brighter flower color. Abundant spring bloom leaves the plant covered with spiney hips. Because of the very thorny plant and difficulty in handling the mossy buds (emasculation is slow, tedious and messy) we have used this mainly as a pollen parent. However, we did successfully cross #12-59-10 with the miniature variety New Penny to produce Fairy Moss, the first miniature moss .... and Fairy Moss has proven to be a fertile parent"
'Dresden Doll' is still one of the most charming and sublimely beautiful of the Moss Miniatures to date. The mossing on the buds is as fine as that of any of the Moss Roses of the 1800's, and the petite warm pink blooms are a study in symmetry. Peter Beales says of this rose in his volume, Classic Roses, "...it is quite exquisite, with with heavily mossed buds and stems and lush green foliage." Don't let the modest ARS rating fool you...this is a fine rose which deserves to be well-known!
merit rating: 6.8
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