This is a miniature rose called 'Santa Claus'. It is a Weeks (own root) Rose bought at a local nursery 2006. I have come to learn that own root (not grafted) can be important in a cold climate. This was an impulse purchase and I must say, one of my better ones. This is a very hardy little rose, the last two winters it was not covered at all and come through just fine. When I saw miniature on the tag I thought this shrub would be small, under 2 ft. (Tag: MINIATURE 12-16 inches/Rounded Large Double Blooms Show form best in cold weather Resistant to powdery mildew). So tags are a general guide (I know this), this little rose gets at least 3 almost 4 feet. Its a little taller than I wanted for this spot, 2 ft. would have been perfect. For two years I kept saying I was going to move it, but the view of this lovely little rose out my kitchen window changes my mind every year.
|It has been hard to get a good picture, its either too bright or to dark. I so need a better camera.|
|Santa Claus Miniature Rose|
|Two ft. would have fit the scale so much better.|
|You can not tell the size of the bud from this picture but the buds are tiny little gems. I love how the sepals open like a platform highlighting the delicate rose bud.|