It has been raining here for two days now. I was determined to prune this week come “hell or high water”, I never imagined the latter would occur, but it did. Just up the road, The Cahaba River is at flood stage in Old Town and my back yard is standing in water.
So, with pruners in my hand and a hoodie on my head, I began the task at hand.
Lots of die back this year. My “Dream Come True”, “Queen Elizabeth”, and “Mr. Lincoln” were pruned almost to the ground. I hope they make a comeback.
If the rain lets up and the water recedes, I will being my spray program this weekend.
This year, I will be spraying fungicide weekly; rotating Ortho and Mancozeb. This rotation was suggested to me by several rosarians and I hope to have better control of blackspot. I only spray insecticide if I see a problem. Don’t want to kill the good bugs… :)
The photo is from last summer “Dream Come True” Grandiflora.