Sunday, October 08, 2006
FAll leaves on Tree Peony. Roses here and there.
The tree peony has been hinting at fall for a couple of weeks now. The grapes are done. The apples are picked. The tomatoes are winding down.
The roses were low maintenance this year. I almost never watered them. The only fertilizer was compost. They were mulched with bark chips. These roses have bloomed all summer - nothing dramatic, but some fragrance and color without hassle.
This is Tamara, an Astin rose. Very fragrant, minimal trouble.
This is Magic Carousel, a miniature rose. It's just doing its own thing, blooming off and on. Minimal effort on my part.
I decided that any rose that requires major effort and fails to produce, just isn't worth it. There is a Darwinian reduction in the number of roses in the yard. The ones that survive will be be the ones that continue to bloom, with minimal disease, under the conditions in this yard; organically. With preference given for the fragrant ones.