porkpal said:Four roses - only? Since you live in the rose capital of Texas, in fact some say of America, we will be happy to enable the expansion of your rose collection.
Jezer said:@RoseBlush1, thank you so much for your reply! Yes, I have begun to realize that a couple of my roses probably aren't going to be a good fit in the long run. The other two seem to thrive under neglect, though! I really needed to hear what you said about letting a rose go if it's just not working out. Not that I'm going to run out and pull anything up right now, but remembering that it's not the end of the world if a bush doesn't succeed makes it all that more enjoyable.
Jana, sometimes you just have to be ruthless with a plant that consistently gives a less than stellar performance. I blush to think of when I first started gardening and how many plants I let die from ignorance and lack of care--including a dozen or so Roses. During that time, I also found the ones that would thrive no matter how much neglect they were subjected to. A couple of those are now starting to wane after six or seven years, so , in the next few weeks, I am going to discard what were previously faithful performers (Just Joey and a NOID pink). Which will be unpleasant. However, they will make room for two more that might have a better track record for a longer period. Gardens constantly evolve, don't they?
A friend of mine calls it the "Do-or-die" prune.