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Sunday, October 23, 2005

Springing forth...in Fall?

I have several roses along the driveway, beneath the kitchen window, that have suffered a lot this Summer. I don't think they were getting enough water, due to irrigation problems, and they are in an area that is becoming more and more shaded. I had thought I had lost off of them until just a few days ago.

I am now seeing new leaf growth on several of the plants, so I may still be able to salvage them by moving them somewhere else. It appeared that some bug was munching on them pretty heavily, too, so perhaps our cooler weather has controlled their population to slow a bit and given the roses time to recover.

Life in my garden is always a bit like this. Trying to discover what is happening and then why before it is too late. As the roses become more dormant, although they never go completely so, I will be able to perform some selective transplanting without stressing them too much more.


Blogger California Gardener in Zone 23 said...

Roses are lovers of water so probably the fall rains have helped. When you transplant, try to place so they are irrigated liberally during the summer months. Also, try to find a spot where air can circulate freely. Your current location appears to have a wall on one side of the plant. I wait until March to prune and de-leave my rose plants. That way they start the spring season with beautiful new leaves void of rust or other diseases.

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