Darrieb said:Given the wet weather, I'd have to suggest it could also be a fungus starting. There are several that simply looovveee cool, wet weather. Botrytis is the biggest among them.
There are several anti-fungal treatments out there. I'd try one of them as a just-in-case maneuver.
jerijen said:Personally, before spraying with anything, I would try either:
1. Peeling off the outer petals, and seeing if the buds will then open naturally . . .
2. Or, worst-case, breaking off those buds, and making the rose start over in danker weather.
And have faith that warmer, drier days are ahead -- Even for CA's central coast. (And, yes, I do know these conditions. I am in Camarillo, on the lower end of that climate range -- and I know you've had a lot, LOT more rain than I have had.
See this outdoor photo of rose vendors at the recent Rosalia in Sebastopol, CA:
scvirginia said:What I want to know is how you Californians stole our weather, and what ransom do I need to pay to get it back? Triple-digit heat and drought in May is NOT what we're used to.
I am glad you're no longer in drought, though I wish we had some prospect of rain. WU says we might get t-storms, but it was supposed to be on 6/2, then 6/6, and now it's 6/7. I think they're stringing us along, because a 10-day forecast with no chance of water falling from the sky is a source of wonder and despair.
I'll be checking tomorrow to see if our drought is still moderate, or if it will be "upgraded" to severe.
Don't bother with the ransom note; I'm pretty sure I can't pay it. I'll just hope that you'll get tired of our rain, and return it safely.