Plant the roses you love
What I love:
Perle d' Or
Rival de Paestum
And more. What I think I can count on:
Madame Antoine Mari
I do not know what has been lost. When I cut back to a foot from the ground, and the center is almost clean, and the cane has very little red, but quite a few spots, will the rose survive?
My answer. It all depends upon how much energy that rose can gain from nature. They are all own roots. For years I have been shocked at how well some roses come back from a terrible winter, yet others never seem to move, and end up croaking.
I will not have good answers until it begins to rain. Once that happens I will be pulling out the removed canes from a murky mess of weeds to try to discard them and clean up the weeds.
By the first of June I will have my answer, but it will be too late to order roses.
I have cut my garden from 276 about 10 years ago to 140.
To keep from feeling heartbroken, I need to look ahead. My last day of teaching is May 31 - after a lifetime of teaching. I will really have to pace myself, but I will have all day and night to work, dream, barely work, piddle around, talk to the roses, and sit.
Can you tell that it is almost 5 in the morning. My day today goes from 7 - 4 with a fortunate 30 minutes for lunch that cannot be legally taken from me.
My rant is too much, but my roses will be beautiful.
It is good to have so many rose friends here. We are good at forgiveness for those who care to ramble.
How about you? I would love to hear your ramble.