This has been one late rose growing season in Western Washington. Last year my first bloom was April 20, 2016 and this year we are at least three weeks past that date and my garden is seeing a lot of very tight buds and blind shoots. I went out during a brief dry period to capture a few images to help you understand. Paul Zimmerman wrote the following for Fine Gardening magazine: A blind shoot is a stem that grows and grows but a flower never appears at the end of it. There are a few reasons why this happens. The most common one is a late frost in spring that kills the tiny rose buds before they can fully form. Other causes can be lack of nutrients, shortage of light and tiny midges.
In my garden It could have been late frost or shortage of light this spring. We have broken many records for excess rainfall/lack of sunshine. The rose variety in the photos is ‘Whirlaway’.
A few weeks ago I was at the American Rose Society convention in San Diego and took a one day seminar about rose photography. This seminar yielded a lot of motivation for me to get back into a favorite aspect of my rose hobby. The advice was to do photographs every day. So today I am sharing the a wonderful rose photographed today, in a typical Seattle drizzle.
‘Prairie Sunrise’ is a Griffith Buck rose.
It’s been a pretty good rose season for me in the Pacific Northwest. The summer drought was deeper than usual and the hubs did complain about the significantly increased water bill, but that is history. I dumped out the rain gage this afternoon and we have had three inches of rain in three days. A few roses got shovel pruned in September because they just did not meet my expectations for growth, rose form and disease resistance. Today I am posting a collage of shrubs that are personal favorites from photos taken in July.
If I would not have slacked off on my preventative fungicide treatments before the rainy season began, you would not have been able to see the following examples of botritus blight (AKA Gray Mold) in my rose garden. Some roses are more susceptible to the fungus than others. The light colored roses seem to be magnets for the fungi spores. They seem to be genetically susceptible. So this is what I call “a teachable moment”. I was deadheading and saw botritus. I have had beginner Rosarians ask why their rose is getting “pretty polka dots”…
For a more scientific discussion of this topic, read Baldo’s site. http://www.sactorose.org/ipm/83botrytis.htm
UGLY! By any standards.
The annual summer drought has broken. My garden received no rain in July (June 27-August 10). I know friends in So. CA and other places have a lot longer drought, but living in this typically wet part of the US, the drought surprises me, in a pleasant way.