Friday, October 19, 2012

Blue Sky Day

After a dreary, rainy morning today, the sun came out at lunchtime and the sky cleared and it is absolutely a perfect fall day!  While I was outside playing with the dogs, I brought along my camera to capture a few of the things that caught my eye.
This is a view of our future studio/guesthouse/workshop building that I don't think I have shown you before.  I have such plans for this wonderful little building ... but I must wait till I get a few more things off my plate before I can even think of scheming its renovation.  In the meantime, it's great for storage.

Crepuscule is really showing off today!  I like this rose a lot, with its fragrant clusters of apricot-colored flowers.
We have already discussed my love affair with 'Mutabilis' many times.  It seems that the little flower bees concur ... they love it, too.
My "Yellow Seedling" keeps getting better and better.  It is four years old now, and about 4 feet high ... blooms all the time and is completely free of blackspot.  I have cuttings of it in my workshop propagation window, and I hope it will root so I have plants to share and test next spring. 
Not everything in the garden is sunshine and roses, though.  As I looked up from taking the photo of the Yellow Seedling, an errant patch of red growth caught my eye ... Rose Rosette Disease has come again this year.
It is perfectly normal for many roses to have bright red new growth.  Growth like this, which is rampant and abnormal for the variety, is a sign of a problem.  In this case, the problem is Rose Rosette Disease.
This is a cane on 'Marie Nabonnand'.  I also found disease symptoms on 'Alba Meideland', 'Climbing Pinkie' and "Puerto Rico".  Though I could remove the symptomatic canes and wait till next spring to see if the disease manifests itself on other parts of the affected plants, I won't do that in this case.  The roses that are affected are relatively common, and I will not risk any chance of transmission from them to the rest of the garden.
In 2011, I wrote about Rose Rosette Disease HERE.  The best online reference resource is Ann Peck's e-book, found HERE.  If you grow roses, read it and get educated.
Finding four roses in the garden in such dire straits put a definite damper on my fine fall mood.  I'm trying to be positive about this ... at least the affected roses aren't my rare ones.  I have to keep telling myself, RRD may mean the death of the infected rose, but it will not prevent me from growing and enjoying my roses.


  1. Wish I had a studio/guesthouse/workshop building. I have a storage building, but it FULL!

    Love the little bees on the roses and that Yellow Seedling is gorgeous!

  2. So that's what my climbing rose on the garage has. I wondered what those funky looking growths were this summer. I will definitely be digging up that rose this weekend and dumping it. It was a bright coral colored one that I wasn't wild about anyway. But thank you for sharing the info on RRD today, Connie. I learned something new. :) (and I certainly don't want the pretty white rose I bought from you to catch it!). ♥

    xoxo laurie

  3. I would love a studio outbuilding. Your structure has character and will make a fine future studio, guesthouse or workshop.

  4. Hi Connie, I am just curious, what are your plans for the barn? Ellie

  5. Hi Connie, Sorry to hear about your RRD! Can't wait to hear about your plans for your outbuilding.

  6. I love that old building and I just know it will be a wonderful workshop. So hate disease on your roses but I guess it's part of having them. Don't let it dampen your mood too much, it's a beautiful day.
    hugs, Linda

  7. That out building is just one more reason my dream house is on the outskirts of a big city, with lots of land for my OWN outbuilding(s)!
    Maaaan, I am jealous!

  8. Yellow seedling is looking good!!! Very good! :) I'll be out weeding this morning, and moving a couple of roses...have a great day!

  9. Good Morning Connie!
    How odd about the pear picture!
    I have had this one tucked into my computer for several years, and I have no idea where I found it -- which is a shame because I really should not use it without permission.

    I used it once before in a blog post -- can't remember when.

    About your previous post -- so adorable of Daniel to be sneaking his snack of yummy grasses. Luckily only one of our 5 dogs was bothered by eating grass. For the others, it was a Ruby Tuesday salad bar.

    How long does it take the sun and the plastic to conquer the weeds? Will you have to leave it on all winter? We have a very stubborn weedy slope along side the driveway that gives me FITS because it is impossible to weed. Unless you are a monkey.

    Love your posts!
    and clearly your husband and I both have excellent taste.
    (Love the little bees romancing the rose, too.)
    PS I'm going to Williamsburg VA this weekend for my niece's baby shower. Down on Sat, party on Sun, home on Monday!

  10. I've never heard of RRD before reading this post. Fortunately, I've not had to deal with it thus far in my own roses. Whew!

    How cool that you have a future home for your studio and creative pursuits. I hope you get a chance to begin it's remodel in the near future. Every creative needs a place like that.


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