super supermarket minis!
posted this first on Roses forum, but realized it may have been the second best choice! You guys probably know all about this rose, but anyway, fyi -
Did I ever get lucky. Around Valentine's Day one of the local supermarkets had a "buy one get one free" deal on blooming minis. Usually I ignore these, ugly little tight red things with no scent, but this time there was a pink, moderately fragrant, loaded with blossoms and buds below. So I fell for it, took home two.
NONE of the blossoms shattered, and after a month, they look a bit tired around the edges. And three of the buds are showing color. BUT as usual,the lower foliage is looking less then pert. So I figured I would see what could be salvaged. When I unpotted them - instead of the usual packed 6 or 7 to the pot, there were only four in each pot. Big root systems, multi-branched. So I trimmed off all the blossoms (floating in shallow glass dish with a few foliage sprigs, still looking good). Then I cut them back a bit. I potted six - including the ones with the buds showing color - into a shallow pottery bowl for the dining room, and the two biggest back into the original pots for a window sill. I am optimistic about at least some of these babies making it into the "real" garden in a few months.
The supplier is Westbrook Floral in Grimsby, Ontario, and I am going to take on of the pot labels back to that store and ask for more from that wholesaler. The roses were "charming cupido", followed by "ruicharm ppafpbr".