Sunday, June 12, 2016

Sunday Snapshot ... A New Seedling

Yesterday morning, while I was working in the Miniature Garden, I discovered a tiny seedling that had sprouted underneath one of the roses.  This whole plant is only three inches high, and that fat bud is the size of a pea.



Today after breakfast, I grabbed my camera and ran outside to see if the bud had opened ... I was not disappointed.  Look at this!



This tiny flower is only one-half-inch in diameter, and it's far from perfect, but it's one of the sweetest things that I have seen in a LONG time.  Yellow petals, with that fat orange edge, and a frosty white tip ... and it's a SINGLE!!  

The seedling grew underneath 'Simplex', so I will assume that it is the seed parent.  The pointy petals seem similar.



Which rose provided the pollen?  The only orange rose nearby is 'Orange Honey'  It has orange and yellow in the petals, so I think it's a good guess.



For now, I'm going to leave the seedling to grow right where it is.  I put a metal tag stand over it to protect it and to remind me that it's there.  It's going to be exciting to see how this little baby changes as it matures.



Speaking of babies ... do you remember the seedling that I found last year growing underneath 'Lilian Austin'?



This year, it has been in bloom continuously since the first flower opened in the middle of last month.  The flowers are three inches in diameter, the color glows as if they were lit from within, and they are fragrant!



Even with a year of growth and maturity so far, this plant is still small and immature (it's about a foot and a half high and it sprawls).  That's okay for now.  Watching seedlings like this grow and change as they get older is best part of raising them.

Happy Sunday, Everybody!

13 comments:

  1. This is so exciting and interesting. Until now the flowers look wonderful, hopefully they grow up to nice and good shrubs and maybe a new rose named 'Hartwood's Conny' comes on the market.

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    1. I hope you're right, and that this little baby grows up to beautiful and strong ... naming it after myself, though, would be too embarrassing. Makes me blush just thinking about it.

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  2. A true hidden treasure in your beautiful garden! It truly shows how attentive you are to have noticed it - so many look at the "big picture" and miss those sweet little unexpected ones like the one you found!

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    1. That attentiveness is a double-edged sword. Fear of losing things like this sprout keeps me from asking for help sometimes. I'm getting better.

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    1. Proud mama, indeed! This little guy is so cute and colorful.

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  4. Unexpected pleasures and hidden treasures are always a good thing!

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    1. Unexpected pleasures, indeed!! Stuff like this makes it easy for me to 'stop and smell the roses' (as they say) while I'm hard at work IN the garden.

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  5. Love them both, how exciting for that little miniature rose. And what a beauty the Lilian Austin seedling is! Happy Monday Connie!

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    1. The Austin seedling is turning into a really nice plant! As soon as it gets a bit more size, I expect that it will begin to show me its true form. For now, those flowers are amazing ... and reason enough to give this plant whatever space it needs to mature.

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  6. How sweet! Did you plant this or did it just come up by itself?

    I love the 'Lilian Austin'. What a color! Singles are such special roses, I don't know what it is about them, but they grab my heart.

    Happy Summer Rose Gardening ~ FlowerLady

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    1. This rose came up by itself! The Lilian Austin seedling did, too. (and I have one other from the rambler fence that I dug and put into a pot. When it flowers, I will show it to you, too.)

      There's just something about a rose that opens right up and shows you all it's got. Unlike roses with more petals, singles put it all right out there. I love them best, and it thrills me that these newest seedlings are single.

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  7. Seeing new creations from your rose garden is simply amazing, Connie! They are both so beautiful. Can't wait to see more of the new seedling!

    Shirley

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