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Saturday, October 27, 2012

The Best $5 Ever Spent

Around 15 years ago (maybe a little more), I spent $5 at Woolworths on a small rose.


It is still small in structure and now grows in a medium-large sized pot.  It gets full sun in the morning, it gets regularly battered by strong easterly winds, sometimes cooked in scorching summer conditions, only watered every other day, but it delivers, year after year.  The best $5 I have ever spent.

 It is called a Chameleon Rose, and as you will see, it's name is well deserved.


It starts as a sunny yellow bud with a touch of hot pink on the edges

Before turning almost apricot in colour

 A few days later the pink begins to over take the apricot which is softening to cream
 







Before the cream turns to white and the pink is at full intensity

Then the pink slowly fades towards the end, leaving a delicate aging white bloom

And the best thing, is that at any given time there are all the stages on the one rose bush.
Isn't it beautiful?


Thanks for popping by, hope you are having a great weekend. xxx

20 comments:

  1. What an incredible rose. Want, want, want.

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  2. PS: In my fit of lust I googled this rose - now available for $54.95. Ouch. I will have to look around some more.

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    1. Hi EC....I would check that price again as a very well known garden centre here in WA has it listed for $14.95. I am going to check it out tomorrow.

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    2. Hi EC, wow that is expensive, but Mimsie has found a cheaper version. It is a really small rose bush be rose bush standards so I am surprised by the price. The most I have paid here for a hybrid tea is $25 and I normally get them cheaper than that. Hope you find one. xxx

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  3. That is sheer delight and I too would love to have one although we've actually given up on roses. EC though has sort of put that wish on hold if they are THAT expensive. How about a few cuttings for your dear old mum eh? Pretty please. xx

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    1. Not sure that it would grow from a cutting Mum, do roses do that?

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    2. I am almost certain your other half did grow some roses from cutting from those you had in your front garden. It would have been several years back. Now that I've found it doesn't cost an arm and a leg I could buy one for us anyway so no problem. I will ring Dawsons and check if they have them in stock in their O'connor centre or have them get one in for us.

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    3. Roses definitely do grow from cuttings. I choose pieces that are at least pencil thickness or more, strong growth with no soft tips that will wilt too quickly.

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  4. Oh wow, Karen. How on earth do you grow something so beautiful? I want that, but I'm afraid I have the blackest of thumbs and I'd kill her (for surely this rose can only be referred to as her). I didn't know that you could grow them in a pot?

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    1. Melissa they are really easy to grow, we do not much more than hand water this, fertilise it once a year and prune it in June. For a lot of years it was really neglected and not pruned and it still hung in there. Hubby gave it a really hard prune this past winter and this is the result. Like all roses you also need to dead head them when the flower dies. You can grow roses in posts, you just need to repot them as they grow, but this is a small rose and has been in this pot for quite a number of years. I can't take any credit about from the photos, hubby is the gardener, I just choose the plants and where they grow as I can no longer get down to plant (plus I hate dirt under my nails - I'm such a girl - lol).

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  5. That is lovely. I so envy gardeners. I am one of those folks who wants the results with none of the effort.

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    1. So do I D, that's why hubby gardens (and he loves it) and I design the garden and then sit back and admire, unlike the wonderful EC who gets in there and does it all - now she is a gardener to be admired.

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  6. I just googled this rose and Dawson Garden Centres have it listed for $14.95 and that is very tempting. I must check if they have any in stock at the centre near us.

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    1. It would look lovely on your front porch.

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  7. It's gorgeous Kakka. I love all the different colours at the same time.

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    1. It really is gorgeous isn't it? It probably would do really well at the farm too and it certainly has a way of brightening up any day. Thanks for popping by xxx

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  8. Hi, just found your blog while searching this rose..mine is in flower too. I bought one 20 yrs ago, my mum came to visit and I gave it to her as she so admired it. 10 years later she gave me several cuttings - one grew and that is now mine. So much pleasure over the years for so little work. Must take more cuttings and grow more - but I say this every year. ps love your writing! jac in melbourne

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    1. Hi Jac in Melbourne, I didn't know you could grow them from cuttings, so that is good to know. They are a spectacular rose and ours is flowering like a little beauty at the moment, so I just had to share. Thanks for popping by xxx

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  9. What a fabulous rose. I hope they're still available, because I'm going looking for one.

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    1. Hi River, yes they are still available and I hope you find one, they are such a joy when they are in flower. You could probably keep it in a pot so you can more it around if needed. thanks for popping by xxx

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