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    Post by Joy on Sat 21 Nov 2009, 12:23 pm

    Sixteen months ago Bruiser saw a small pot of equally small roses at our favourite plant retailer. It had been placed outside of the plant section, into the store proper. Think it was the only one left. Had resisted the temptation of roses, up till now, as I felt they were more of a in-the-ground type of plant & hadn't thought of miniatures. Was, also, rather scared of trying to grow them. :oops: Anyhow, we bought our miniature roses (there are about eight plants in the pot) & we were on to the rollercoaster ride of rose growing.

    The plants when we first bought it. There are two or three different shades of pink here.

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    Post by Joy on Sat 21 Nov 2009, 12:26 pm

    The lighter pink.



    A darker more dusky pink.

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    Post by Joy on Sat 21 Nov 2009, 12:42 pm

    The pot I chose for these roses was a cute, water-saver one with a soft gold finish. They looked lovely in it. Little did I know, that while roses like heaps of water, they do NOT like their feet to be kept damp. Also, they need a container which is much, much larger than you think they would ever need.

    It was three & a half anxious months before they did anything. Mind you, it was winter when we bought them. Finally, in early November there was new growth!!! Was really happy about this. Up until a few weeks before, I had been using a respected brand name liquid fertiliser on my plants at & had come to realise that it was not good for my plants. In some cases it was killing them!!! All this new growth commenced after I had started using a new brand of fertiliser. Prior to this, there was three months of very sad-looking rose plants.



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    Post by Joy on Sat 21 Nov 2009, 12:48 pm

    A week later.





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    Post by Joy on Sat 21 Nov 2009, 3:00 pm

    A few days later there were BUDS!!!!! This was a wonderful sight & proof that the new fertiliser was working whereas the other had done absolutely nothing except retard the roses growth.



    Early Decenber, the beginning of summer, the buds started to open. Was I surprised at the colour!!!!

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    Post by Joy on Sat 21 Nov 2009, 3:04 pm

    Next day. What a lovely sight!!! They were a beautiful shade of deep apricot.



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    Post by Joy on Sat 21 Nov 2009, 3:08 pm

    New foliage kept growing & the buds were popping open.

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    Post by Joy on Sat 21 Nov 2009, 3:11 pm

    They look like cake decorations in these images.





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    Post by Joy on Sat 21 Nov 2009, 3:16 pm

    I love this image.



    This one as well.

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    Post by Joy on Sat 21 Nov 2009, 3:46 pm

    Then something started to happen. They turned pink!!!



    The last bud to open in this flowering was still a soft apricot but the rest were pink.

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    Post by Joy on Sat 21 Nov 2009, 3:55 pm

    Well, the colour changes hadn't finished. This is what happened next. This was only a few short days after the previous images.





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    Post by Joy on Sat 21 Nov 2009, 3:59 pm

    A few more days later there were some more new buds & the cycle was about to start all over again. Found out later it is probably a Chameleon rose. Seems we hit the jackpot when we bought it!!! :cheers:



    But there were still some colour-changing roses on the plants.

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    Post by Joy on Fri 04 Dec 2009, 10:00 pm

    Two colours at the same time.



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    Post by Joy on Sat 12 Dec 2009, 9:42 pm

    The roses flowered & flowered but by midsummer the leaves started to discolour, yellow & fall off. This worried me, so I used magnesium sulphate or Epsom salts, which did help but in the end a very good website on the care of miniature roses, & roses grown in pots, had some very useful advice. It said that miniature roses needed much bigger containers than you would imagine. Soooo, we bought a new pot for our Chameleon roses. It was much, much bigger than its present container & was not a water-saver pot, so the roses would not have wet feet. This pot, I thought, should last for quite a while.

    A few days after repotting new flowers opened & the colour had changed, yet again. The new colour was a soft peach shade. This pic shows just how bare of leaves the plants were but there was new leaf growth, thank goodness.



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    Post by Joy on Sat 12 Dec 2009, 9:49 pm

    Opening up.



    The next flower was a return to the previous colouring of apricot. Can't figure this rose out. :lol:

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    Post by Joy on Sun 24 Jan 2010, 9:37 am

    Well, the roses quickly adapted to the new pot & grew heaps of new leaves, as well as flowers galore. The colours soon returned to the beautiful apricot.

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    Post by Joy on Sun 24 Jan 2010, 9:41 am

    In the meantime we purchased another miniature rose. This time it was a Fiesta rose. It is the most wonderful true rose shade which never, ever shows, correctly, in the pics taken of it. This one only has two plants in the pot & the pot we bought it in was tiny so it needed a new pot fast.

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    Post by Joy on Sun 24 Jan 2010, 9:43 am

    In its new home. Its colour is really washed out when in the sun.

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    Post by Joy on Sun 24 Jan 2010, 9:45 am

    Another angle.

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    Post by Joy on Sun 24 Jan 2010, 9:46 am

    The Chameleon & Fiesta miniature roses together.

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    Post by Joy on Sun 24 Jan 2010, 10:10 am

    The Chameleons in the morning sun. It does not take long after repotting for them to be back to their normal loveliness. ;)

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    Post by Joy on Sun 24 Jan 2010, 10:16 am

    The Chameleon roses' changing shades.

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    Post by Joy on Sun 24 Jan 2010, 5:47 pm

    Thanks Dawn, these pics are from last winter. This topic is still a work in progress. :lol: :lol: :lol: Have a few more to post before I catch up. :lol!:

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