Resolution Roses

On New Year’s Eve I made some resolutions. I’ve been keeping up with most of them, but there were a few that were one time deals that had to wait for the right time of the year. Now that spring is here it is time for me to address one of the big ones. The roses at the front of my house are just awful. They were really nice roses for several years, and then they got a dose of bleach when my house was painted, and the extreme rainfall of the last two years was too much for them to handle.  They struggled and what did manage to grow was munched by every passing insect. Ugh!

Sad rose garden.
Ugh! This is what the rose garden looks like now. Sure, I can weed it and put in some bedding plants, but the roses just aren’t doing well anymore. Time for them to go!

I have changed my landscaping around the house and had new rain gutter installed. It is now time for me to rip these roses out and to replant them with some others that are hardy, full of blooms and resistant to insects.

Off to my favorite nursery I went to look at roses. Here’s what I was looking for.

Decoration on house.
My house is pointed a creamy white with gold trim. I have rust colored gingerbread trim and this happy sun above my kitchen window. I decided I wanted floribunda roses that were deep rusty orange.
Roses.
These roses are called Hot Cocoa and are hardy and disease resistant. I’m hoping that the insects won’t find them as tasty as the earlier roses. They should bloom for most of the summer and the flowers will be deep smoky orange. 
Roses
After 2 hours of digging and ruthless weeding, I finally got the new roses placed in the flower bed.
Rose in the ground.
Here’s one of the new plants in the ground after a good soaking. The graft point on the bushes are about 3 inches below the ground to help the plants survive our winters.

The weather here in Colorado will be warm all week except for a couple of day of rain. These guys should have a nice week to make a good start. Welcome to your new home little guys!

And don’t play nice with the grasshoppers!!

 

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Author: Midnight Knitter

I weave, knit and read in Aurora, Colorado where my garden lives. I have 2 sons, a knitting daughter-in-law, a grandson and two exceptionally spoiled cats.

6 thoughts on “Resolution Roses”

  1. I can never pull up old plants, even when they clearly need it – I feel too sorry for them! That’s what the hubby is for LOL. Enjoyed your post, you made it feel all Spring-y (and I’m stealing that idea for a terracotta sun, I have exactly the right place for it!).

    1. I am a plant pity-heart; I couldn’t throw two f the old ones out. They are moving to my back yard 2nd chance site (known as Darwin’s Garden…) just in case a new microclimate makes them happy.

      Glad you like the sun. He does make me happy!

  2. I love your sunflower! I look forward to seeing the roses in bloom. I was given a birthday rose plant for my 40th but at the moment it is a battle to see which will last the longest, Josh’s football or the roses!! 😉 Sharon x

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