Saturday, February 27, 2010

Correction on Rose Count!



I don't know why I thought I had a hundred roses. I do remember when I went over the 100 mark in my last house. My husband informed me one day as he was apparently keeping track.  He just thought I should know. (wink)  This time I was going to limit myself to 50.   We were down sizing right?  When my cousin came to visit this summer he said I had a hundred roses. Oh no how did that happen. Surely it couldn't be true. It really worried me...how had I gone so far over my limit. I immediately went out to count my roses.  I came up with a number around 70 ish and felt slightly better about it....sort of :/  So that must have been where my brain was at.  Anyways...I have spent sometime this week writing down and marking out on paper my entire rose garden. I came up with 73.  Lengthy explanation for my exaggeration :>

As of this weekend I have now pruned 31 roses and  have 42 to go. 
Again...confession is good for the soul, I do have to purchase a few more roses.  I have some gaps to fill in, and a few I have to shovel prune.  They are just not working for me.  So I am very busy trying to decide.  (happy dance)  

I think I am going to be able to stay at 75 though...really I think I can!

Update:  In reading Judy's comment I thought I would share my answer to her with all of you.

haha Judy...I do seem a little ambitious in the rose department.  Here is the deal, I should explain to folks, because we live in such a arid region...I virtually have no diseases to contend with.  None...none that I fuss with.  My roses are easy because of that reason and because I buy high rated ones to boot that would thrive with any kind of care. If they are fussy I shovel prune them.  There are roses that will suit certain climates.  I choose ones that like the heat and can take the wind.  The key to growing roses is to buying the right kind for your climate.  

So the real deal is that I grow them because they give me the most bang for the buck, and the least amount of effort in the long run.  If I had to contend with beetles, mildew, black spot, and such, I would stick to a few hardy souls and grow something else suited to the climate.

Maybe I will post on growing tips for roses, after I get them all pruned. After this big job, I don't really fuss with them much, except enjoying them.

6 comments:

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Shovel prune...hadn't heard that term. ;-) I bet they are amazing when they are blooming!

Knitting Mania said...

My goodness you must like to prune roses. Well no pain no gain right? It's so worth it though when they are in full bloom and the gardens are bursting with color.

It's just in your blood sis, you can't help yourself. LOL

Vee said...

Well I understand completely...it "felt" like you had pruned a hundred roses. And what's a couple dozen rose bushes one way or the other? You might as well go right out and round it up to a hundred!

Just a little something from Judy said...

70...80...150...I don't care. I am just so impressed, amazed, a bit envious, and hoping to pieces that you share each and every single variety with us. Actually, I wish I could come and sit in your back yard and you could give me tips, rose growing skills and encouragement in raising my favorite flowers. I remember an elderly couple telling me that it is so difficult to raise beautiful healthy roses. You...are proving to me that maybe, just maybe I could do it. My five bushes are knock out roses, the fool proof ones to grow. Congratulations to you my rose growing professional friend...whatever the number!

Sara said...

Wow, that is a lot of roses....but how glorious they must be when blooming! I can only imagine...

Barbara said...

No wonder it takes so long to prune them. The perfume must be heaven in the summer.

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