It had developed strange wounds on most of it's canes and the leaves went from a happy deep green to an unhappy yellow with black spots. You guys helpfully informed me that it was some sort of fungus and it would have to be cut back. So, I looked for where each of these wounds were and cut them off about 2 inches below.
It went crazy. I had to cut off 4-5 foot long shoots off of it because they were whipping around in the wind. And getting stuck by one of those thorns getting out of the car was no fun. It did not however, get any flowers. I was very sad about this because I've never seen a rose like this guy. Deep red flowers that smell like heaven.
Well this year, again with help from you all, I waited until February and pruned the canes down to about 1/3 of their original length (which still left me with a waist high plant) and a couple weeks later she started putting out new growth again.
This morning as I was getting the kids in the car I looked over and saw a bunch of little buds! I counted 12 and that was just at a quick glance. The first year I saw her bloom she only had 3 flowers the whole summer. I am so excited about this!
Thank you all for your helpful tips regarding this girl. I managed to kill my camera (the above pictures are from last year) but I'll do my best to take pictures of her flowers once they bloom so maybe you can help me identify what kind of rose she is.
Also, last year a bird (or squirrel) was kind enough to plant me a rose in my front garden:
This was taken a couple weeks after I found it:
I have no idea what the parantage is of this particular flower, though I've got suspcions that one of it's parents is the above rose. The baby is obviously a climber, the shoot sticking up in the picture got over 4 feet long last year, and the edges of the new leaves are red. The above rose is defiantly a climber and would put out 8 feet or more of shoots over the summer if I let it and all the new growth is that deep burgundy color that turns green as it matures.
Anyway, my question is this, I'm very curious about what the flowers on this girl are going to look like. Have any of you ever propagated roses from seed before? About how long until they get flowers? I've looked at a few websites and from what I've read it takes from 3 to 5 years for the plant to reach maturity. Does that mean it will take that long for flowers, or just until it's a fully established adult and is producing like it should?
Also, I didn't prune the little one back this spring. I had read about the "new growth" roses and the "year old roses" and was half hoping to get some flowers off of her, hence my lack of pruning. Should I cut it back? If she's going to have a couple more years until she gets flowers should I try to get it 'trained' a little better while it's young?