Here is an update on my very own rose, which I first blogged about last December with follow-ups on 16 and 23 January . Last time I was waiting expectantly for the second bloom to open, and wondering if, like ‘Ballerina’, the blooms would fade from a brightish pink to near white. Well, what happened just left me in suspense for what the next buds would bring, seven of which are developing quite nicely on the next sprig as we speak…

A second rose 26 JanThree days after the first, another bloom opened: slightly smaller, but very much paler than the first, which had kept its colour perfectly; in fact it might even have deepened very slightly with age…

three roses 30 Jan Then two days later the third bloom opened. It was even paler, showing only some pink in the bud, the open rose quite white. It was as though this plucky little rose had spent its all on producing that first perfect pink bloom…

Delicate buds 5 Feb

But it took a deep breath, gained heart and started pushing forth its next flowering stem – which by this morning was beginning to look really promising. Meanwhile the first bloom will be three weeks old tomorrow, and still looks quite good. The little rose with the big heart continues to thrill me, and soon we will learn a bit more of what we can expect from it as it grows up…

Promising buds and 3 week old blooms 12 Feb




  1. How odd but in a good way. I should think having two color forms on the same plant would count as a plus, or at least interesting. Looking forward to seeing what comes from the other buds. They are all from the same cane, aren’t they?

    • It is odd, isn’t it, Mark. But I’ve heard that the exact nature of a rose flower can not always be concluded from the first blooms. However the three blooms on it when I first found it in the stream were most like the first of these three. They are all on the same cane – no doubt about that.

    • It would be interesting, Diana, and very unusual – but I think unlikely… Isn’t the whole story adding up to something really special!

  2. Congratulations on your very own rose! Yours is an interesting one, with these color variations, lots of china roses have this trait of blooms deepening in color as they age. Also, extremely young roses do not have the same quality of blooms as more mature plants, as I am sure you already know:-). I am glad yo have met you, and read about your exciting new rose.

    • Thank you, Masha! How lovely to welcome another rose lover and a relative newcomer to blogging to my site – especially someone who writes with such enthusiasm and photographs with such joy and expertise! I shall be following your blog too!

    • Hello, Helen! How nice to see you around. I will pay a visit to your blog too; I was thinking of you recently when a friend returned from visiting her sister in Toronto. Never having seen snow in South Africa, she couldn’t stop talking about all the fun she had in it. I’m certain right now you’ll be much less enthusiastic… It is going to be interesting to see what becomes of my ‘Cascade’ rose!

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