Another Beauty

Tahitian Sunset Rose, Fairfield Glade, August 16, 2008.

Tahitian Sunset Rose, Fairfield Glade, August 16, 2008.

As I’ve mentioned several times, Betsy and I grow roses here on the Plateau.  It’s been quite an experience.  I’ve grown roses at three other homes I’ve had, but it never got to be quite so ‘interesting’.

One problem we had was that our first rose bed was too shady.  So we moved the roses from the side of the house to the front.  That got the roses into sunlight, but the soil in front is about an inch deep.  Below that are rocks, rocks and more rocks.

But in spite of the difficulties we have 32 roses in two beds — one on each side of the driveway.  And since there are more irresistible roses than we have places for in those beds, we also have six roses in containers on the sides of the driveway.  I’ve never grown container roses before, so it has been a new experience for me.

The rose above, Tahitian Sunset, is one of the container roses.  It got a late start this season, but I think it has come along very nicely.  Roses may be a great deal of work, but we definitely think they are worth it.

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