WAR OF THE ROSES...
No, I don't mean the 1989 Michael Douglas/Kathleen Turner movie... but the botanical battle I wage each spring with the colorful, thorny blooms in my own backyard.
When I'm not anchoring a newscast for Northwest Newschannel 8-- you'll likely find me anchored in my flower garden-- weeding, planting or watering.
It's probably sacrilegious to admit at the height of Rose Festival, but I once banished roses from my yard-- too much black spot, powdery mildew, rust, or an infestation of aphids. You name it and it's plagued my roses at one time or another. Still, hope springs eternal and after a visit to the Rose Garden at Washington Park (and some prodding from my 8 year old daughter who wanted roses of her own) I gave in to the intoxicating fragrance of all the prize winning petals and reintroduced hybrid teas to my perennial plot. Make peace not war, right? So in that spirit, the "Peace" Rose was the first to return. It's common around here but a SPECTACULAR bloomer-- mellow yellow with blushes of pink.
I also planted Sun Sprite-- a rich, vibrant yellow that's mesmerizing in its intensity. My two Sun Sprites are in the standard form (trained as "trees") and are under planted with lavender catmint (Nepeta Walker's Low.) Unfortunately, at the moment, Sun Sprite has the look of February instead of June.
I gave it a hard pruning recently because of--- arrrggghhhh--- black spot. I was too lazy and/or busy to spray earlier in the season-- so I'm just starting over with a few snips of my shears! The leaf buds are already growing back and the show is definitely worth the wait.
Think of it this way. My roses are like my teenager-- they don't always do what I want, but I LOVE THEM DEARLY : )
Happy Centennial Rose Fest and be sure to tune in Friday, June 8th from 5-7am for a special Rose Festival edition of Newschannel 8 at Sunrise.
We'll have live crews all over town-- from the race to finish the floats for Saturday's
Grand Floral Parade to Drew Carney racing around PIR previewing the Rose Festival Grand Prix. You won't want to miss it.
See you soon,