>We have a spot next to our screened porch that had two azalea’s which have not produced a bloom in two years. Today, I shovel pruned these and replaced them with two red Knock Out rose bushes. I have heard so much about knock outs, that I thought I would give them a try. I was a bit apprehensive, due to some crazy notion that I have that they are not “real” roses. Real in the sense that they do not fall into the “normal” rose categories. They don’t have to be sprayed, pruned, shaped, sprayed, pruned…………………. My wife says that I have reached the height of rose snobbery, by excluding these shrub roses based on such a notion. I guess she’s right. So, I planted them; fertilized them, and even though they say you don’t have to, I sprayed them with a fungicide…. Old habits die hard………….
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