|This is very close to the one near my desk.|
Be sure to enunciate when you say, "Look at that bud!" Mr. Lincoln bloomed right away, so I cut off the first one and put it in a bud vase.
The fragrance radiates around the room, and the bud is slowly opening.
I often cut a group of flowers near the top of rose, where the buds have their sepals open (all five bud coverings). If the sepals are open, the bud will open up slowly. The look is deceiving. A small bud can produce an enormous rose. A good group of three of more roses/buds will open up over a long period of time.