This has not been a good year for my roses. Seriously. Everyone's growing, I've only lost like 2-3 roses due to the extreme heat. But the blooms are coming in totally wrong.
For instance, earlier this year in May during my Hunt, I purchased Sunstruck. Here's the picture of the bloom on the day I bought it.
And here's what it's bloomed out. I thought I screwed up & planted Marilyn Monroe there. But no, this is tagged Sunstruck.
These 100+ deg temps are killing me. Luckily, starting last Friday, we finally started to get our monsoon moisture in. A little late for moisture, but I'm not complaining.. any moisture is good moisture! Saturday we got over 1" of rain all at once, and as I look out the window here at work, I'm watching it rain again. The governor has removed the state-wide fire ban, but each county still has their own rules & regs as far as fires. It was getting so bad that the state actually wanted to ban even gas grills, but that never became the case: I think because how on earth are you going to enforce it? *sniff* I smell hotdogs, let's give them a ticket for open burning!
But we're finally getting our rain! Yay! I'm hoping that this will not be a repeat of 2002. If that's the case, next spring (2013) we're gonna get socked in with a major snow storm like in '03, where we got 3' in 1 day. Shut down the entire city for 2 days.