Jun 13, 2011

Cornucopia of Roses

Magenta roses In the past two years I have begun to pay more attention to several rose bushes my wife planted in the early 1990s. While "neglect" is a strong word to use for my previous efforts at taking care of these plants, suffice to say that I did little more than hack them down when they became overgrown, and they suffered from black spot and insect degradations, despite my wife's suggestions that I treat the plants with rose sprays.

The past two summers I have applied some preventive fungal inhibitors, and I also gave the plants some fertilizer. In addition, I have been much more meticulous in removing dead stems and keeping the soil around the base of the plants free from debris.

We were amazed at how much healthier, vigorous, and blossom-yielding several of the rose bushes were this year. Perhaps we might also add that this was a very wet spring, but the net result has been a veritable wave of magenta-hued flowers in the yard.

Moral of the story: when your wife suggests something, she is probably right.


Debbie G said...

Michael! It took you this long to come to that conclusion?

Anonymous said...


How come I can't get my Impatiens to grow? I fertilize them but they just don't grow. I mixed top soil and peat moss, they're mostly in the shade....and I feed them with liquid Miracle Grow. What's going on?

brooksk said...

Impatiens need lots of water and patience :}...particularly if you plant them in the sun

historymike said...


On the occasions when I have planted impatiens, I have always bought them in flats (seed is a pain). I would probably start by checking the pH of your soil - they grow best between 6.0 and 7.5 pH.