I noticed a few blooms on the bushes near my front door, so went out to cut them for my kitchen.
Beautiful aren't they? I love the yellows and oranges that remind me of sunrises and sunsets.
But two days later?
The white one...which began as a bud tinged beautifully with pink,
was faded and overblown, ready to drop the petals, yet still holding on to them.
But the red......already fading when I cut the bloom,
the red was gone.
As I moved the bottle to top up the water, the petals fell.
Soon, the bushes will be empty of blooms.
They're ready for pruning now.
I have no idea how to do this properly, but I'll do some trimming (and hope that I don't kill them off), maybe over the years, they'll become less straggly and more bushy.
I have a bag of rose food, another of blood and bone, and in the spring I'll sprinkle a bit of both around each bush and I'll watch for aphids too.
The other thing to watch for is thrips, those tiny, tiny black wrigglers that infest the blooms....how the heck do I get rid of those?
Gardening websites, here I come.