Last year I discovered a random rooted rose shoot in the compost heap. I was almost certain that it would be a wild rose, seeded by birds, which had taken the opportunity to grab a foothold where possible. However, it had ‘that look’ about it and rather than discard it, I potted it up and nurtured.
It’s grown strongly over the past few months and started to form a bud. Here we go, I thought, a single petalled pretty wild rose about to come my way. Then the bud unfurled and, to my astonishment, revealed a beautiful pale pink flower.
I have absolutely no idea where this rose came from, but am going to nurture it with great care over the coming months. Have I created a new rose variety? Probably not, but I’m not going to scoff at a new freebie plant for my collection.