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!