We were at Mike C's (yours truly) garden for a visit yesterday evening. Most of the roses there have been grown from seed, and some have risen to great heights over the years. For example, the first photo below shows Craig (who is 6' 2" tall) standing behind an unnamed rose seedling that is 8 feet tall and whose "seed parent" is the pink-flowered 'Queen Elizabeth' rose seen at the extreme left of the photo. The unnamed seedling is in its 6th growing season.
Maryann Martha Craig
Martha Mike H Craig Maryann Emily
The photo below shows you what a typical rose looks like in its first growing season -- I'm pointing at one that is just about ready to open its very first bloom. This is a 4 month old seedling whose "seed parent" is the 'Red Galaxy' rose. In the photo on the right I am showing Emily a rose-gall on a species rose named Rosa glauca (more photos are on Google Images -- search for: robin's pincushion). You can look back at a couple of previous posts in this blog for more photos and information: December 12, 2011 (I hope they're friendly wasps) and May 11, 2012 (Garden visitors).