Do you ever find that you just need a little push to get something done? I'm not so much talking about starting a job, although that is true also, as making that final decision to get rid of a something. I would say it has taken me at least 4 years to finally decide that my Zephirine Drouhin rose must go. This will be the last photgraph I take of a much faded and dried up flower on the climbing rose I have had for 15 years.
There was a supplement in this month's English Garden magazine the Romance of the Rose. One of the articles was an interview with Michael Marriott, technical manager and rosarian at David Austin Roses. Here is what he had to say. "You need to be critical of your plants to be sure they are paying their way" And then, on the subject of antique roses, " 'Zéphirine Drouihan' gets every disease going, it's the epitome of what a rose should not be like." There he gave me the much needed push. Sometime very soon I will head out with my loppers and pick axe and the rose will be no more. This lady has underperformed for so many years that even I, who will hang on to plants until they take their dying breath, knew she had to go. I have added compost and fertilizer and even given her new wall supports all to no avail.
I am on the look out for a replacement. A repeat bloomer would be nice and as the wall is only 5' high it must be of suitable size. I will have to remove soil and probably plant the new rose in a cardboard box to prevent rose-replant disease. Ideas welcome.
Scottsdale Quarter Walkabout
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