Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Rose Confusion

My truest, bluest gal Sarah gave me a rose bush and a hydrangea for my birthday last year. I promptly killed the hydrangea despite my best efforts, which included moving it into a more welcoming neighborhood.

As for the rose bush, well, it's taken a turn toward the curious.

Have you ever seen anything like this? The flowers were all white last year and 90% of them are white this year, with the notable exception of a few blushing beauties. I have no idea how this happened, but something tells me it has to do with science. And botany.

I looked right at this bloom and thought, "I don't blame you one bit, honeybee. I'd pick that one, too."

Speaking of roses and not knowing what I'm doing when it comes to gardening, let's talk about my new rose garden!

Jung Seeds had a blowout internet clearance sale a few weeks ago and I picked up a few things. Specifically, I picked up 10 rose bushes, 2 lilac trees and a lone peony for less than $90, including shipping. The catch? 6 of the rose bushes were "grab bag" style, meaning they probably threw in whatever remnants happened to be the closest to them in the warehouse. I mean greenhouse.

I must say, it's a bit of a thrill to not know what color or type of roses will be growing come next year. I'm typically semi-well-planned and uniform, so this is a bit of a stretch for me. On the other hand, I'm a girl who loves surprises. On the other hand, it will probably look a tad chaotic. On the other hand, they are roses! You cannot lose.

I'll meet you back here in roughly 10 months with the results.