The flower that opened this morning is on a plant of 'Single Pink China'. 'Single Pink China' is a very rare rose, thought to be a sport of 'Old Blush'. The plants themselves are very much alike in the garden ... but 'Old Blush' has semi-double flowers and flowers on 'Single Pink China' have a single row of five petals. As far as I know, there is no nursery in the US that sells this rose.
Five delicate petals on this flower, with a couple of quirky petaloids that many single-flowered roses have. I could have groomed those out, but I didn't
It's still too early for me to begin the process of hardening these babies off to life on the outside, as they are only accustomed to my cool basement (around 55 degrees most of the time). To be honest, I probably could start the in-and-out cycle of taking the pots outside during the day, then bringing them back inside at night, but I don't want to risk forgetting about them outside one evening while nights are still getting to or below freezing.
My main mission with propagating these rare roses is to distribute them to gardens in other places to help insure that they don't disappear. With this in mind, eight varieties of these roses in the basement (this one included) will be securely packaged and winging their way to a friend later today.
Bon Voyage, little rose!