You Shouldn’t Try to Fool Mother Nature

George looking up at About Face rose, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee.  August 27, 2009.

George looking up at About Face rose, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. August 27, 2009.

Roses need sunshine.  Roses love sunshine.  Since we have lots of trees around our house, finding enough sunshine for our roses has been somewhat of a problem.  We had to move our roses from the first bed we made because there was too much shade, but now we’ve got them in front of the house where they get as much sunshine as our yard can offer.

HOWEVER, one corner of one of the rose beds is shadier than the rest of the bed.  To keep the symmetry of the bed I wanted to keep a rose there.  I figured that the rose there would be okay.

A few weeks ago a new cane appeared on the rose.  It grew and grew and grew.  For a while I thought it might be a sucker from below the graft, but it looked like the other canes.  It kept growing and growing.  When I was about to give up on it, a bud appeared and then a blossom that belonged to the rose bush.

To put things in perspective in the photo above, I’m 6-foot four inches tall and am standing on the same level as the rose bush.  And I’m looking UP at the blossom.  That rose wanted sunshine and was going to get to it.

The picture below shows what this rose bush, About Face, looks like under more normal circumstances.

About Face rose, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee.  June 2, 2009.

About Face rose, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. June 2, 2009.

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16 Responses to “You Shouldn’t Try to Fool Mother Nature”

  1. imac Says:

    Roses sure grows on you George.
    pop n see my Autumn Crocus.

  2. Tina Says:

    Where there is a will there is a they say..looks like you have one determined rose!! lol Cultivate that plant!! That’s some plant dna!!

  3. busy bee suz Says:

    This is so cute and funny. What a rose wants, a rose gets!!!

  4. NCMountainwoman Says:

    Now that is one determined rose! Interesting.

  5. Happyone Says:

    Wow, that is one determined rose!! 🙂

  6. JLS Hall (Joysweb) Says:

    Well, I feel the same way about getting enough sunlight! And it’s certainly a beautiful rose, even if it did grow a little taller than it should be.

  7. Susie Says:

    Plants have a mind of their own. They obviously know what they need and that rose bush was going for it. Cute pic!

  8. kelly Says:

    Hi George! Betsy’s friend, Kelly, here. I’ve never seen a rose shoot that tall. Wish it were growing like that when I was there the first week in June to visit. The little patch of Periwinkle you gave me then is doing fabulous. Thanks for that!
    I’ll have to ask Mary and Ron about Wednesdays at Kroger’s. I wish our Kroger’s played Big Band music. I’d change my shopping day too!

  9. Carletta Says:

    About Face is sure making you stand at attention and take notice. 🙂
    As always George, you’re roses are so beautiful.

  10. Neal Says:

    Very beautiful. Of course, your roses are always beautiful. That is one of the tallest roses I’ve ever seen.

  11. Fishing Guy Says:

    George: You and Betsy showed your roses just beautifully.

  12. Hilda Says:

    Mother Nature is just sooo amazing!

  13. Cheryl Says:

    Unbelievable! One determined rose.

  14. Jen Says:

    I long for sunshine too. 😀

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  16. Leedra Says:

    Enjoyed this post. The rose is beautiful. I actually have rose blooms right now, on my single rose bush.

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