Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Sept 11, 2013::roses

I do not have a green thumb. Both of my parents do, but that talent skipped over me. Really, though, I should just own up to the fact that I find the repetition boring. I love planning and planting, but the constant weeding, watering, and upkeep is beyond my interest. I would love to take a master gardener class, but would I use it? 

When we bought this house, I was a little disappointed that there were so many rose bushes. they are beautiful, but oh boy, roses take work. They all appeared to have finished blooming, and I wondered if we should just dig them up and give them away instead of allowing them to die a long death under my neglect. 

When my parents visited, my dad gave me a lesson in pruning and within a week they were blooming again! Pruning, I can handle. Seeing new buds, I can enjoy. 

I still don't have a clue how to prep them for winter or fertilize them or help them survive this heat wave, but I have a start. They are doing ok by luck right now and I am growing attached to them. Maybe I can nurture them and my own green thumb.


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