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Rebellious Rose! (Update)

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this is my half standard rose ‘Special Anniversary’ it was bought for our Silver Wedding last year. Its a Hybrid Tea Rose with large flowers and strong old Rose fragrance.

But this year it is having an identity crisis! Two very strong shoots with masses of floribunda buds on have shot up above the rest of the growth!

You’d think they were shoots coming from lower down beneath the graft wouldn’t you? But look! They do look like grafted stems and they are only just below the rest!

I said to OH that if they turned out to be a different rose it would be very appropriate for our wedding anniversary as we are so different as people, and so it represents us well. One deep pink hbrid tea rose, and one pale pink floribunda on the same bush! Grafted together ‘till death us do part’!

But I suppose these two wont be able to grow happily together? What do you think I should do? And could it threaten our matrimonial union?! ;)

UPDATE:

Well, the flowers are very pretty indeed…pinker than the salmon of ‘special anniversary’. But sadly, they have no scent whatsover. I think I will let these flowers open and then remove these shoots at the base and hope for the best….give the plant a good feed and hope that Special Anniversary recoups strength.

Update….9th July

Well, in the end I decided to remove the rogues. They are in a vase in the kitchen. They did turn out to have a nice light scent once fully open, and a very pretty colour. But the foliage on them was coarse and blackspotty, and they were so strong I feared losing the ‘Special Anniversary’ which does have a lovely scent. So here she is…back to her own self. Hopefully she will now grow a bit stronger. If she dies, it won’t be a tragedy. I shall grow something else.

And here are the rogues in a vase in my kitchen!

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I think you should let them grow side by side for awhile and see how they develop..opposites always attract!!....perhaps how you both have done over the last 25 years!!

5 Jul, 2015

 

You just never know Karen. Perhaps the new growth is more beautiful leading to better things to come.

5 Jul, 2015

 

I bought a patio rose which was a lovely yellow almost gold for mine and my late hubby's 50th wedding anniversary but the following year when it flowered it was white! , we would have been married 53 years this year but the Rose is still flowering white but the perfume is wonderful ....

5 Jul, 2015

 

I would wait too Karen and see what happens !

5 Jul, 2015

 

I'm for leaving it alone to see what develops, you might get a beautiful surprise. If not, you can remove the unwanted growth.

5 Jul, 2015

 

Patience is a virtue Karen!
Keep watching it with interest to see what happens!
You might have something unique there!

5 Jul, 2015

 

Hi Karen, I'm up to date now with your blogs so can finally say Hi properly.
The hybrid T is a lovely pink & the flori's look like they too will be pinks so the 2 tones will look lovely together.
Probably best to remove them tho as they will likely overtake the hybrids vigour.
(have you thought of turning them right ways up?) :)

5 Jul, 2015

 

The floribunda is the rootstock? My goodness that is a dilemma, aye? separating the natural from the symbolic seems a good idea, though. ;-) Have you contacted the grower? will follow this with interest. :-)

6 Jul, 2015

 

Quite an identity crisis defying gravity like that!

I'm for waiting to see what the rogue ones are like and if they enhance the rose
Possibly like a dog rose though, its hard to see if they have 5 or 7 leaves, they don't seem to have that many leaves which is a slight worry.....

6 Jul, 2015

 

Sorry folks, I made the blog on my Ipad, which is why the photos are upside down on the laptop...I always forget that little problem. Well, the small flowers are opening up and look exactly the same colour as the big roses! And there are indeed only five leaflets, so I don't think it is a rootstock thing. Very strange. I shall take another photo for you later. At the moment I am inclined to leave them well alone...there are so many flowers, and tbh, if they are nicer than the Tea Roses, I might just leave them and let nature decide!

6 Jul, 2015

 

Fascinating isn't it, you could try it on questions , see what Bamboo thinks.....

6 Jul, 2015

 

I was told to take all shoots off below the graft on the stem as they were like suckers on a normal rose. After saying that I found a sucker growing on what I thought was Gertrude Jekyll, so I went down to cut it off and lo and behold it was a sucker but it had come from the standard rose which is in the middle of the border, it was huge and ran under the slabs and out close to Gerty.

6 Jul, 2015

 

Mum, I don't think these are below the graft. They seem to bud graft nowadays, so each stem is grafted individually. These are definitely not suckers. It's very strange, its as if someone grafted the wrong stems on to the host!

6 Jul, 2015

 

They look great in the vase.

11 Jul, 2015

 

Its very pretty why don't you try taking cuttings if theres enough wood

12 Jul, 2015

 

No Pam, I'm afraid it's all flower....the whole lot is covered with flowers. No cutting material on it at all. I'd had the same thought!

12 Jul, 2015

 

Gorgeous isn't it....wonder if you're right with the wrong bud graft..

13 Jul, 2015

 

I really dont know. I just hope the rest of it survives because it was really deep in the stem and I had to dig it out. Whats left is pretty pathetic.

13 Jul, 2015

 

Wonder if you should send photos to the nursery/breeder, they could be interested
you can buy apple trees for example with two or three varieties on one rootstock
apples are the same species as roses...rosaceae so maybe it could work?

14 Jul, 2015

 

I'm late arriving Karen so see that you have already made your decision with the rose, your rogue ones with their abundance of blooms look very like some I have growing here, I bought them on offer many years ago, at the time they were referred to as Rainbow Roses, unfortunately no proper name added, in the description and pics they were shown as suitable for small gardens, on patio's etc, no way do they fit that description, they are beautiful and if deadheaded will flower for months but they are rapid, very strong growers and more of a climber, I have shown many photographs of then over the years against my fencing, the perfume is gorgeous and I like them but I think some would think of them as thugs in the rose world, fine here in my garden but I suggest you do keep an eye on yours in the next couple of years, if it is the same as mine then its going to be in the wrong place...

18 Jul, 2015

 

Thanks Lincslass...good to hear from you...how are you?

18 Jul, 2015

 

Karen I am doing very well thankyou, trouble is I have already reached the stircrazy state, having to be really firm with myself, its good to sit about sometimes but not when its enforced and the sun and the garden are shouting to me, lol...

18 Jul, 2015

 

Yes, I can imagine. Stay well and rest up now! Its good to see you on here, and feeling well. :))

18 Jul, 2015

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