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.


  1. Oh no, the hydrangea didn't make it! :( I wonder if somehow the rosebush is taking on the colors of the hydrangea to pay it's respect to it's fallen sister? I loved looking back at last year's xanga. So, are you donning the sunhat all summer long? And to remember that wonderful piece you got at the Salvation Army...one year ago! I love it! Keep up the work, green thumb.

  2. I love this. I can't wait to see the blooms!!

  3. I love how beautiful that rose looks all white and pink! What a fun surprise next year will bring with all your roses!

  4. How beautiful! Doesn't matter, and somehow you have managed to create a new flower. They might have to name it after you now:)

  5. How pretty! I wish I didn't have a black thumb. :(

  6. good luck...i have killer or involuntary manslaughtered all the rose bushes we've planted (3) except for the miniature...go figure...

    also, my friend tells me there is a variety of peony bush at the farm that produces 2 different color blooms on one plant!

  7. i was kind of thinking of you and your blog when i was staring at that beautiful peony wedding bouquet. you will never believe this...she had them IN. HER. HAIR!!! oh the glory of it all:) thanks for commenting!

  8. I planted 2 pink rose bushes 3 summers ago. This summer I have giant apricot & fuchsia colored roses. Last weekend I found a bright red rose on the apricot bush. Color me confused.