I don’t really know why I would post about my roses at home right now. Except that I seem to be wanting to whine about them. Humor me, please. There is nothing to talk about, really. That April frost that wiped out 12 trees worth of magnolia buds went on to wreak havoc on the rose buds that were already coming on in March. The bloom is sporadic, undersized, unremarkable, and unthinkably unsatisfying.
Many buds were frosted off. Right now, the smaller than usual Earthsong roses are blooming. OK, they are trying to bloom. The flowers are puny, and damaged-streaked with rot. They came on fast, then got frozen, then came on again when we had that spell over 80 degrees. They must be exhausted from that roller coaster ride, and they so look it.
The Jeannie le Joie climbing roses are always early, but this year-extra early. They were in full bloom that May day it was 96 degrees. They instantly started to fade. How is it a gardener can wait for an entire year for the coming of the roses, and watch them roast the moment they open? Few things in life are fair. Fewer things in the garden are fair.
The Sally Holmes are just beginning to bloom. Just so so, like all of the rest of the roses. They look belabored. Out of breath. Stressed. Dry. Small-you get the picture. Every night Buck and I go up there to see the roses. There is not so much of a party going on there. I have to avert my eyes. Yes, my disappointment is acute.
Almost every rose has blackspot-lovely. I am not so often sarcastic in print, so I want to be clear. Blackspot on roses in May-anything but lovely. This state of affairs is truly unfair. I really hate coming home to rose leaves dropping from blackspot. What else is there to do, but pick them up, dispose of them, and hope for a better future? I will say that the boxwood in this side garden is gorgeous-no problem there with early heat and late frost. Those plants that don’t get ruffled much by trouble-I like them. I very much like those plants that persevere, stay the course, and endure.
Will I get a second flush of blooms, as the first flush was so puny? One can only hope. Having never experienced a winter and early spring like I have just had, I am at a loss to predict what will happen next. I do not think any person lives long enough to experience an entire weather cycle. My roses in their present state-a new experience. One experience you can count on-whatever trouble is in the air, the roses will catch it.
I am imagining that all of my trees and plants that were laid low from the radically atypical late winter and early spring weather will roar back over the course of the summer. True or not, the idea comforts me. How are your roses?