I'm probably not the only one that has a secret desire to be a hybridizer of note someday. I don't want to do it because I want to be rich or famous or anything like that, I really just want a custom garden. Something unique and unlike anything anyone has ever seen before. That's why I hybridized this green rose.
I'd like to have a garden full of black, green and brown flowers someday and until the professional hybridizers catch up with my dreams I'm stuck creating the flowers I want in Photoshop. I changed the color of this rose to green using the Virtual Photographer filter by Optik Verve labs. It's free and works with Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Painshopt Pro and Photo-Paint. It's an east to use filter that allows you do to do some cool effects on your photos even if you haven't mastered your photo editing program. It's probably for the best that I am only digitally creating hybrids because I'm not very good at keeping records. I've already misplaced the information on the Day lilies and Amaryllis I was working on last year.
If you want a time waster you can play The Pollinator, on the Planet Science website and create your own black flower. Before you play the game take a moment to read the mini article on the history of the quest for the elusive black flower.
Since I'm on the subject of of hybridizing.
If you have some time to kill or just like feeding your brain and you haven't seen it, view this segment from Nova ScienceNOW. It aired two years ago but it's about how these scientist were trying to create a very purple petunia for the retail trade but instead came up with a pure white petunia. Their "mistake" lead to another discovery which could one day be the cure for many diseases. The segment can be viewed in Quick Time, Windows Media or Real Time.