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Hi.... last year I took a cutting of the rose Gertrude Jekyll,  it has just produced the first flower and it's  a creamy colour. The obvious  reason would be that I messed the labelling up a tad but I have no rose of that  colour in my garden. I just don't  understand how it could happen. Any suggestions  would be gratefully  received.  I couldn't  put a photo on as it doesn't work on my device. Thanks 👍👍


  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,672
    It may be that one of the parents of GJ was a creamy rose and it has somehow reverted to that or it may be that this crazy weather has something to do with it. You will have to wait and see if other blooms come out the same. Interesting though!
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • petehaskellpetehaskell Posts: 130
    Thanks for the reply Lizzie.... I have always believed  that a cutting was an exact replica of the donor plant. I wish I could upload a  photo.  I will try and find out the parentage  of GJ. Thanks again 🤔
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,151
    As you say, a cutting is a clone so the genetic material is identical ... but maybe in an immature plant the first few flowers may not have all the attributes of a mature one ...perhaps?  
    I’ll give @Marlorena a nudge ... she’ll know 😊 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • petehaskellpetehaskell Posts: 130
    Thanks for the reply........ this is the flower!!!
  • B3B3 Posts: 26,546
    It's lovely - whatever it is!
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • petehaskellpetehaskell Posts: 130
    It is...... not even the same shaped flower as a GK
  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 8,357
    ...please supply more photos of that rose when the bloom is fully opened ... and if you can tell us which other DA roses you have in your garden... thanks..
    East Anglia, England
  • petehaskellpetehaskell Posts: 130
    Ok... will do and ta for the reply!!!!
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