The first of the roses opened today. This “Jump for Joy” was just planted a few weeks ago, part of the order from the wonderful folks at High Country Roses. They certainly haven’t had it easy. First, slower than usual shipping due to the virus conditions. Upon their arrival, they were unpacked, but had to remain in the house in front of the French doors for several days because we had that freak freeze. After that it rained so much they couldn’t go into the ground. Finally, they were planted and then it stopped raining. And now they are being besieged by bugs. Our winter was so warm that apparently all the flea beetles and other insects all thrived. I hate to use chemicals, so beyond insecticidal soap I’ll just have to live with some holes in leaves.
I certainly love the color of “Jump for Joy” and am hoping it thrives. Another of the same order has also opened. I chose this one not only for the color, but it’s part of the Downton Abbey series. It’s called “Anna’s Promise,” for the character who plays Mary’s maid.
The outer petals of the rose seem to have dried out, or possibly they were nipped by frost. Still, I like it and have hopes that the next one opens even prettier. Both these roses are planted in the Deck Garden. “Anna’s Promise” is in a more exposed spot, while “Jump for Joy” is a bit more protected.
A couple of the roses planted last year are beginning to have buds, so hopefully June will be a rosy month. I’ve never been a great rose grower, but I’m determined to do better. Old dogs are said to be able to learn new tricks!