Friday, April 29, 2011

A Rose by Any Other Name...

 It's finally rose season once again!
I've been looking forward to this ever since the first leaves started to appear on my bushes :)


Unfortunately, our rose bushes have developed a few problems :(


The leaves appear to have a bad case of blackspot  (Well-named, huh?) and that sounds like it's gonna be a booger to get rid of :\


 

They also have this weed growing all over them. As weeds go, this one is kind of pretty. It has little pods and teeny tiny purple flowers -there is one almost in the center of this photo. I'm curious what this plant is and where it came from. anyone have any ideas?

 


Despite these two set-backs, the roses are growing beautifully. In fact, the white rose bush has a whopping 23 buds already!!!

Not to be outdone, the pink Tropicana bush has almost as many buds on it :)

It's like those two bushes are competing to be my favorite :)  Even the red rose bush is trying to put out a handful of buds...

I love them all, of course, but if they want to be my favorite they'll have to step up their game because there's a new bloom in town :)

 

With such prolific roses I might need to add a flower arranging class or two to my Lifelong To DO List :)

Looks like I have a LOT to learn :)

2 comments:

Linda said...

Love the tropicana roses. Google Purple Vetch. I think that's the name of your mystery weed. Happy Gardening, Chica!

The Smith Family said...

I googled and I bet you're right! The little pods could be flowers that didn't open yet. So I could have had pretty purple flowers all over my roses! darn it!