Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Apparently this variety is very disease resistant and grows on it's own root ball. Another thing I didn't know for years is that most rose bushes are really a lovely variety grafted onto a wilder rose root ball. Why they do that, I don't know. But I had a yellow rose (replaced by this yesterday) that had turned into junk the last 3 years at least. For probably about 10 years it's was a beautiful producer and bugs and diseases didn't attack it at all but the wild rose took over and ruined it. At that point you might as well just pull it out. That's what the rose expert told me yesterday. That's okay because I know I'll love "Hot Cocoa". She said that I will really love this because they produce all summer even when it's very hot. My kind of rose! I have to bring them in the house all summer long and usually in the middle of summer I don't have much at all to do anything with.
P. S. Can you imagine how beautiful it would be to reproduce this color of rose with the glass mosaics like my rose in the middle of the last post's entry called "Scarlet"? With the green rose leaves surrounding it? Good thing I didn't toss all my mosaics covering my table in my studio.