One of the biggest problems photographers can run into is repetition. There are subjects you shoot frequently and frequently shoot in the same manner. This gets boring, both for the view and for the photographer. Roses can be a difficult subject because of both personal repetition and the fact that there are so many other people shooting roses. Trying to find an original image is tough.
Here's a new one that I shot yesterday at the Lake Harriet Rose Garden. It's a vision that I think still needs some playing around with, but I like the base idea of showing the later form lurking behind the younger version. Maybe if the background rose was larger relative to the bud? Maybe if it was more in focus? Maybe if I cropped the background out by quarter or made it a vertical image (or square)?