Well, this was a challenging summer. I started out the spring working outside almost everyday doing landscaping, weeding, mulching and other projects related to the flower gardens. I just love the sunshine, and the roses were loving all of the attention.
In early May the bottom fell out. I got sick: I was dizzy, disoriented, my joints and muscles hurt, and my GI tract decided it wasn’t my friend anymore. I seemed to get worse after spending a day outside, so I stayed indoors more. The poor roses suffered.
Still, some of them got enough attention to make a good start. Here’s what popped up this year of rose neglect.
So the summer wasn’t a complete bust. Even though they were kind of neglected I did manage to feed and prune them. Some of my roses were eaten alive by bugs: something to figure out next summer. The roses in the garden by the front door look so bad that I think I will rip them out next year and put in something else, Maybe I will move them to Darwin’s Garden.