So to bring a little sunshine to the gloomy day and projected forecast, here are a few pics of my rose babies.
|A variety of minis|
|Rock and Roll floribunda|
|First Prize floribunda|
|Julia Child floribunda|
Livin' Easy floribunda (new planting)
Moonlight Scentsation mini
If you notice, I don't have any hybrid tea roses or climbers in my collection. I used to have some climbers, but they got a little out of control. Many of their canes would reach 12-15 feet in length and with a 6-foot tall fence, I had to arc the canes and tie them to the fence. This tended to shade the minis. So when the climbers started failing, I replaced them with floribundas. Though First Prize and Iceberg are two of the original foundation roses. I mail ordered them and they were supposed to be climbers, but obviously they weren't.
I like floribundas and minis for the same reasons.
- They flower profusely all summer.
- They have their own roots, not grafted like hybrid teas.
- They tend to me more resistant to black spot and powdery mildew. This doesn't mean they DON"T get these diseases, they do, but just not as much. . . though I do have a problem with my mini, Chasin' Rainbows. This pic was taken before the black spot went to town on this one.
Next time I'll have to share a picture of black spot -- I just went out to take a picture of the black spot, but the heavy rain washed the leaves from the plant. That's what black spot does. The mold basically, kills the leaves and sometimes the rosebush.
I need to get out today and start deadheading. This helps the plant to make new buds instead of trying to set rosehips (basically the 'fruit' of the plant). Minis are easy to dead head, just pinch them off with your fingers, thus the term "green thumb" comes into play.
Well, it looks like I have some yard work to take care of . . . after I take my mom to the beauty shop and go on my walkies!