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Back to roses...

I did find a bud on Chapeau de Napoleon. Yee hah!

All the roses are slowly but steadily moving along, except for Aptos.


Aptos is a bit of a freak. It's covered with buds and covered with aphids right now. I blast them off with a hose every morning and they come right back. Just wait until my concentrated insecticidal soap shows up in the mail! Aphids, your days are numbered!

I planted Aptos as a band last September. I think that by now it's reached 5 gallon size. I half expect that late one night it's going to whip out a twelve foot cane and smash in my bedroom window. It's an obscure hybrid musk rose, so I don't really know what to expect. Do hybrid musk roses usually grow this fast?



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May. 15th, 2012 02:22 am (UTC)
Wow, that's a beautiful rose! I hope the soap helps with the aphids - keep us posted! I'm reaching OCD levels of checking my baby rose for aphids or other issues. Is it perverse to say I might even be waiting for the challenge?
May. 15th, 2012 05:56 am (UTC)
The soap does help, but unfortunately I ran out last week, and the best buy on the concentrated stuff was online. So I have to wait for it to show up and in the meantime, squish the bugs every time I see them. Or blast them off with the hose. It's been getting quite tiresome. XD

I hadn't realized that you had your rose already! Have fun with it! XD
May. 15th, 2012 06:06 am (UTC)
I forgot to post about it when it arrived. It was the tiniest thing and, once potted up, started growing like crazy. I think it's almost double its height already and just when I think its stopped adding new growth some more pops out the next day.

I really need to get a photo of it. The neighbors already think I'm crazy since I'm always checking leaves and wiping water off them after watering. ^o^
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