I maintain a rose garden at Chesley.
It has always been a thorn in my side. (haha)
I’ve had good years and bad years. So far this year is promising. I only lost two over the winter, compared to years where I’ve lost 15 or more!
I think roses are beautiful, but keeping them healthy, blooming, disease and pest free is. most of the time, a losing battle in this climate.
I usually have a decent spring bloom. But then the deer move in for the buffet along with the Japanese beetles and aphids. The humidity makes black spot and fungus an ongoing battle. To keep the plants looking as good as possible I have to use chemical warfare, which is something I hate to do. I find myself rushing to rinse off a preying mantis or toad or other creature that inadvertently gets sprayed in the process on a regular basis. I do my best to keep spraying at a minimum but I can’t avoid it all together.
Anyway, that is why I don’t do roses in my own garden. I have this single climbing New Dawn on the trellis as you enter the hillside garden it never gets sprayed.
Well, I do have two other climbers on my fence but there aren’t even worth picturing.
When I see the roses at Chesley looking like this though, I almost want to add a few to my garden
In other news at Chesley, Angel has left his two Canadian companions to take up nanny duties for a pair of different Canadians that brought their babies to the pond. Angel constantly follows the family around and keeps watch for danger. If anything is out of order he loudly warns everyone to be aware!
He is so funny!