|Thankfully, the lamp post was there, and I was able to drape Crepuscule on it in the direction she wanted to go. I assume she'll eventually go upwards as well, but she's kind of pretty on the lamp post.|
'Full Moon Rising', a modern Large Flowered Climber, is temporarily leaning on this metal trellis. In an effort to deny the squirrels easy access to her big fat flower buds before they can even open I moved the trellis away from the tree. I'm not optimistic about this working, but I had to do something. The spot is on the south side of the trunk and is fine during winter months, but this oak tree has a fairly wide canopy and will be shading the rose until late in the afternoon. This might be sufficient sun but might not, so I'm hoping that the rose will climb into the tree canopy, seeking the sun. We'll see. This rose has been described as very disease resistant, and so far I'm pleased with it. Are you wondering why I bought a modern rose? It was $3 on sale and yellow. Sold!
'Maman Cochet, Climbing', a large and fast-growing Tea rose. When she reached past the trellis in her first four months, I thought the arbor was a prudent addition to her support structure. The AC unit is right next to her, so I have had to train her very tightly to the trellis. (MC is a very well armed rose.) However, I have learned that her canes do not like to be bent hard, as in turning a perpendicular growing cane parallel to the trellis. The canes always die. So now I simply remove a new cane that is growing the wrong way.
|Here you can clearly see Maman Cochet's width. Had I not lopped her a few months ago she would be on the roof - mine and maybe my neighbor's. She hasn't seemed to mind the trimming at all, so I will trim her if need be but I will also throw all the canes I can up on top. It worked well this time. The voluminous, buff-colored rose behind Maman Cochet and in the photo below is 'Reve d'Or', a large Noisette. She is quite a bit easier to deal with because of her lax canes. They're nice and flexible and don't really need to be bent but merely moved around and tied in place. Since she had a very positive response to an earlier trim, I am much more comfortable with trimming them. I need to trim on the neighbor's side of the fence. I figure if I keep the roses trimmed up higher than 6', then they can be walked under and won't bother anyone.|
'Sally Holmes' growing on an arbor that I'm afraid will soon be too small and weak for her and the climber that's just starting to grow on the other side. Alas, I see more carpentry in my future. One of the drawbacks of being new at gardening is the seemingly constant need to back up and regroup. These two roses are the second to be situated on this arbor. 'Don Juan' just didn't work in my no-spray garden. Both of the replacements will become sizable climbers, so new accommodations will have to be made. To throw another twist into the mix, 'Sally Holmes' may not be in love with this southern full-sun position, so I may have some time to play with here. In other words it will be moving time again.
This is the trellis next to my garage at the front sidewalk, possibly a very impractical location for a rose, but 16 square feet of ground is 16 square feet of ground, and my motto is "I'll make it fit." This is also the second rose for this spot. Previously, 'Madame Caroline Testout, Climbing' lived here. Her beautiful flowers did not make up for her ugly blackspot, nakedness and lethal prickles - right at my front door. She and Mr. Shovel had an amicable meeting. The new occupant of this tiny prime spot is 'Climbing Pinkie', a climbing polyantha and the bushiest climber I have ever seen. He's only been in the ground since last September, and he has really grown. He's also almost thornless and reputed to be healthy and always covered with blooms, but I may have to add brackets over the driveway (and maybe the sidewalk) to accommodate his size.
I have five other vertically growing roses which just shows that your property is yours all the way to the edges, so why not make full use of it?