This is by way of saying that roses are always in the
spotlight for the June GBBD, but it is interesting how my use of roses has
evolved. Well, it interests me. When we moved into our property, the previous
owner had left a walled-in rose garden of one hybrid tea (Double Delight), a
red climber and a bunch of white shrubs. Only the climber is left, as the
hybrid tea was a disgusting blackspot magnet and the shrubs would give out one
big bloom and then be decimated by midge. Back in those days, I was using the
full arsenal of sprays, which is what I had been told was necessary.
All that stopped when I pulled out most of the roses,
replacing them with lilies and perennials. I was able to get rid of my ventilator.
But lately, roses have been sneaking back into the mix. I can’t resist the old
or old-style cultivars, like Louise Odier and Abraham Darby. And climbing
anything is totally necessary for my narrow space; it demands vertical growth.
Now I have roses mixed in with tall perennials. Their
ungainly shrub habit doesn’t bother me because you really can’t see it,
surrounded as it is. Nothing gets sprayed, and they perform quite well all
season, with a decent amount of rebloom. I’ve picked Charlotte right into
November (shown above; I try to avoid too many close-ups, but you have to with roses).
I’d prefer always to garden with roses, but if these
misbehave, they won’t leave much of a gap behind. And here’s my other GBBD