Roses Can Be Very Cunning
I mentioned somewhere along the line that I was thinking of getting rid of William R. Smith because for the last two drought years it had done almost nothing except guzzle water and refuse to bloom or even look presentable. Since it was going anyway I cut away a lot of the ugly old leaves and used them as mulch under other roses and in the process shortened some of its branches. I also gave it only cursory water, not wanting to waste any on this loser.
So what does Bill do? He sends out a bunch of new shoots and leaves all over his miserably thick branches (it would have been quite a job to dig up his tree-like trunk). Scalped and chopped down, deprived of water and this is the result? I no longer understand roses, maybe I never have, and I don't think I ever will. I don't know what the final outcome will be, but if he continues with this outrageous behavior he's obviously going to stay. Can plants think and read our minds? Beginning to wonder.......