For my birthday in 2008 I received a Name a Rose Gift Box which contained a number of rose seeds, a label and some instructions.
I sowed the seeds, following the instructions, and was very surprised that a number of them germinated. From those that did I managed to get two decent sized seedlings.
This photograph was taken in July 2009 when the plants were very small. I looked after them through the very cold winter and this summer I have two very good, healthy rose bushes, one with pink flowers, one with white.
In the Autumn I will prune them and re-pot them and hope for bigger specimens next year.
The final step in the gift process is to register the rose … so welcome to The Gardening Register. Whether I will ever be able to propagate more plants will remain to be seen but I’m very proud of the two I have managed to nurture of the past two years.
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