I was in the garden, admiring the roses. Glorious Roses! Roses which, on their own are not that spectacular as far as roses go, but which have managed to survive the most discouraging of circumstances, and which have triumphed and climbed half-way up the tree! I can almost see them from the second-floor bedroom window. What is so miraculous about this is, our dear friends, the deer, have usually gobbled them up long before now. In fact, all three varieties planted here at the base of this enormous tree are thriving, and I’m feeling pretty confident that the Mister's Magic Concoction is primarily responsible. Yesterday, there was a deer standing less than a foot away from these beauties, chomping down on the sun chokes a friend gave us (that I forgot to spray). From the window I watched it graze and held my breath, feeling quite relieved when it moved on, never touching a single rose bud. WooHoo!
To recap for new readers here; this rose ordeal has been an ongoing experiment since last Spring, when I first began using a natural home-made deer repellant that I mix up in my kitchen. The original post is here, with the recipe, if you care to try it. It also seems to repel pesky insects as well, not all, but some.
Something else I’ve noticed is, I haven’t had any leaf spot at all which tends to be a problem here with the damp. It is possible that the weather could’ve been responsible, as it was dryer than normal in early spring. But I have noticed an improvement in general with dark glossy leaves. Since I haven’t given these any fertilizer or care at all, I have to conclude that it must be the magic concoction working its magic.
In the fall, I plan to prune the rose canes back, dig them up, and move the whole lot to another location for a number of reasons. In the meantime, I’m enjoying them twisting and climbing, dancing and displaying all over the place.
They deserve a shining moment at long last.