This morning was beautiful. The sun was up, the humidity was down, temps were moderate for August in Alabama. As I strolled the garden this morning, I just had to cut a few blooms. For years, I was under the mistaken impression that all repeat blooming roses were on the same schedule and all bloom together in the garden. Well, it took me about one bloom cycle after planting roses to know that I was way off base. Roses, like people have their own individual bloom cycle. They bloom as they are fed and nurtured and are allowed to grow. I am learning that foundational growth is far more important than top growth. The proper treatment of the soil will produce a superior root system which in turn will produce superior bloom cycles. The same is true with people. The more we feed our foundational knowledge base on any subject, the more knowledgeable we become. Soon, we become “bloom” subject matter experts on the areas in which we really have dug in. As you can see from today’s photo, our roses are thriving despite 95+ degree days all summer long. We feed the soil and enjoy the blooms. This was a lesson hard learned for me. As I am someone who mostly just wants blooms. Thanks to the many gardeners I have met through this blog and on Twitter, together we are learning from one another. For that I am grateful.
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