Hi guys! I haven't been on here much lately. Been in a funk I think. It's been really hot, and I'm suffering from a really bad round of sciatica, and I just can't seem to get into doing anything. The pain is so constant in my right leg and I just can't get out and work in the garden... and it's really depressing me. I have soooo much I need to do, and I can barely get out to water just to keep the roses from dying. I checked the front section today, where my husband and I dug out about 5yrs worth of overgrowth of blackberries that engulfed the roses in the bed outside the fence. Lost several roses and it annihilated the yarrow which I couldn't get rid of yrs ago. (Yay!) Well, I hadn't really checked the sprinkler heads out there once we got it cleaned and replanted some other roses a couple of months ago (before the sciatica returned). OMG I couldn't believe it. I use these little tiny sprayer heads that go on stakes that are attached to drip hose with the 1/4" spaghetti tubing. All 7 of them were clogged up with debris and only one was attempting to spray, and 2 were just dribbling. The rest were dry! I can't believe how stupid I am to not have checked that a month ago at least. I had my husband plant a whole bunch of dianthus along the front of the bed to edge it with. They're all dead, and one of the roses, is looking pretty bad. On a good not tho, I did discover that one of the roses that survived was not the one I thought it was, which is great because it's very rare. I guess I lost DOUBLE DELIGHT instead. That's a rose I can't seem to keep growing. It was my 6th try at it! Anyway, the rose that survived is :
WEDDING SONG.... not a real great looking bloom, but I guess it's to be expected with the neglect thus far. Just glad it survived!
With the 100+ temps off and on lately, the roses have been frying pretty good! Thought this one looked interesting tho... all fried up!
I got a handful of the Smooth series of roses last yr, which I need to get in the ground. But I really love this one:
SMOOTH BALLERINA - she has minor striping and very interesting stippling and veining as she ages. This is one day:
and this is the next day:
This is a rose I just adore. This plant I got as a packaged bareroot about 9yrs ago at Home Depot. I had one a few yrs before that had died. Originally got it from of all places Target back when they had a garden dept. Don't know much about it, except it's shown as a HT but kinda grows a little more like a FL. I tried to look up the patent as the label on the package listed it as 4832, but couldn't figure out where to look. Nothing on HMF. It's a wonderful rose. Haven't seen it anywhere since I got this one, and I don't know who the grower was.
Anyway, the rest of these are just some rose shots from the last week....
HEAVEN ON EARTH
QUEEN NEFERTITI - a rose that nearly died in the septic system re-do a few yrs ago. Now she's waiting to be replanted...
SWEET LOVE - this is one I got from Heirloom a few yrs ago and it took forever to bloom. Wish I would've gotten a pic yesterday, as the larger bloom had a darker edge on it. I'm sure it's fried today tho...