Four years ago, at around this time i was having to sit and watch my in laws grieving for the lose of the matriarchal figure of my hubands Nan, whom we all called Did (long story, but my hubby and my brother in law couldn't say Nanny when they were little, hence they called her Diddy, shortened eventually to Did!).
Coming upto Christmas i had looked into having a rose named for her, but after some research found that to have an actual rose grafted, grown and sold with that particular name would have cost us a couple of thousand pounds, which of course we couldn't afford, so went back to the drawing board to find another way of honouring her memory.
After starting my Christmas shopping online a few weeks later, i came across a gift set that claimed to be able to name a rose for your loved one's, and in turn you got everything you needed to grow and cultivate this rose, which for me was ideal when i saw it was being sold at a gift price (£20.00), with there being enough seeds for not only myself amd my husband, but also for the in-laws too.
When the pack arrived i simply had to register my said name onto a website via the gift pack (all information is given within the pack), which in turn generated a certificate stating that the particular seeds you had in your pack were to be called "Did", but those seeds only, any seeds that may have come from the same plant, but that were in a different pack were to be named in the chosen method by the owner.....so really i had named a seed rather than an actual plant!
The pack itself contained a pack of seeds (six in total), with growing instructions, a little detail on the rose itself and a calender for the following year, covered in roses, the certificate came a few weeks later in the post (for free), and did look very official and we had that framed.
After attempting to grow the actual seeds however we found that out of the pack not one of them took, so dissapointedly we had no rose bush to speak of, so we simply transfered the document to one of the rose bushes we already had (for the kids more than anything else!), and now the kids have somewhere they can go and see something that is specifically for their Did.
As a novelty item this is actually a lovely gift, ok, so the seeds didn't grow which was dissapointing, but the fact that we have a certificate to say that we had something to remember the old darling with was enough to cheer us all up for the first Christmas without her.
Available for these packs are quite well spread, with me seeing them in places like my catalogue and also studio cards.
Thanks for reading x
Complete kit to name a new breed of rose.