Well, at long last, the first flower of my little rose seedling has opened!
Its mother looks like this:
And the daddy looks like this and boast the strongest fragrance of any rose I know:
The good news is that the fragrance is outstanding! To my nose, almost as strong as its delightful father, which is saying something.
This cross resulted in about what I had expected, but that isn't always the case. Whenever you make a cross, odd, unexpected stuff pops out. Sometimes it is good, sometimes not so much. But I got lucky this time with one of my other seedlings from the same cross. It germinated much later, so no flowers yet, but it has stunningly lovely blue-grey leaves, very very like Rosa glauca. Totally unexpected color, and very welcome! I can't wait to see what the flowers look like. Probably pink, like its sibling, but it could be different. In any case, I'll have to cross it with a bunch of my other favorite roses. Wouldn't a dark, rich, smoldering red flower look stunning on a bush of those leaves?