Roses we've said goodbye to . . .
In looking at my previous years rose photos on this dark and rainy day, I was really surprised at how many pretties I had to let go for one reason or another. They are not bad roses--they just couldn't stay in my small garden. Rarely, a rose that I loved dwindled and died. Mostly, it has been poor performance. My garden is too small to tolerate less than great performers. I am going to post some photos of these past roses and I hope you will share yours, too.
All set up to be a climber, it was a total rust magnet for me.
I loved the color--it couldn't take our heat.
I loved the colors but the color lasted little more than a day in the heat. It was too much work to keep this standard looking good.
I adored the spring blooms but after that, the buds and blooms were minirose-sized in the heat.
Too delicate for the Valley heat.
A standard that dwindled to death over many years.
I loved this rose dearly. Something happened to the roots and it finally died after being transplanted.
Comptesse de Provence
I loved her but she wasn't compatible with my garden's heat.
It was a gift that needed a cooler climate.
It had wonderful spring flushes but didn't do much the rest of the season.
I moved it to a nice spot and it didn't take the move. I really liked this rose.
The bush was narrow and tall, with long skinny canes. The blooms didn't last or do well in heat.
How about your past roses?