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Damn that Wind.

We got a nasty rain/windstorm yesterday. We also got put under one of those rare but FUN tornado watches. Our third one for CT this year! The SPC outlooked our area for 10 percent tornado the night before, costing me an entire night's sleep. By the morning we were down to 5 percent but we still got put under a watch. It seems to me that they've been issuing more and more tornado watches for the Northeast lately. I guess I should just get used to it, but they terrify me. Severe weather terrifies me. But if it didn't terrify me, I would have never bought those awesome Coleman lanterns that got us all through Hurricane Irene and last October's snowstorm!

Sprayed Liquid Fence for the first time in awhile this morning. I hate that stuff, but I'm 90 percent sure that the rabbits are living under our deck. I'm concerned that Hazel-rah has been munching our Oriental poppies. But they still aren't as bad as groundhogs!

I've noticed that Duchesse de Montebello has grown as big as Marianne, in spite of the fact that I bought DdM as a band and Marianne as a gallon. Even though for the first month her foliage didn't look so hot, now it's lush, green and spotless. I can't wait to see that rose bloom next year.

On the flip side Felicite Parmentier looks about ready to disappear. I think that we're going to have to grit out teeth, dig her up and make her be a pot baby again. It did wonders for Julia Child, so who knows? Seeing her in the bed with Evelyn is kind of ridiculous. Evelyn now looks like some kind of spider mecha. She's probably 4 feet tall and wide now, and we've only had her for five months. Ridiculous!

Thinking of planting Golden Princess and Honeysweet in the garden. Of our RVR bands, Siren's Keep, Rook and Capitaine John Ingram are doing great. I'm actually really impressed with both the David Austin and Paul Barden roses in our garden so far. We've obviously not had them for very long, but they show great vigor and disease resistance. They make me feel better about Charles de Mills buying the farm...



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Sep. 20th, 2012 02:27 pm (UTC)
I'm with you on Ms. Parmentier...I planted bands in 2010 and they are STILL just wee twigs.

I've been pretty good with fertilizing this year on a regular basis and have used mostly fish emulsion...and 1 of them lo and behold sent up a new cane...but the drought stunted it and so there's not much going on there.

I think I've decided to give 1 more year in the ground and if she's still puny come this time next fall, I will lift and pot her (I have 2). She grew like gangbusters when I had her grafted (and I did the deep planting method so she'd produce her own roots)...just might be a super slow grower when started small on her own roots.

Some roses spoil you...if only they all grew like Quietness, right?
Sep. 20th, 2012 02:29 pm (UTC)
Oh, and good choice on Capitaine John Ingram! Was that my influence? ;-)

Mine has gotten so big he'll need a new spot with more space next spring.
Sep. 20th, 2012 05:19 pm (UTC)
Oh, of course! XD It was too bad that he cost more than the others, but I guess there was a reason for it!
Sep. 20th, 2012 05:18 pm (UTC)
One thing to note is that when we attempted to dig up and pot FP we were halted by a network of massive roots that she's developed over the past two months. I guess that's what she's been doing with her time, ha ha! We couldn't even get her out of the ground.

I don't know if it's because of where I planted her, but I've actually found that Quietness doesn't grow that quickly for me. So I wish that FP grew as fast as David Austin rose Evelyn. XD Four feet tall in five months, good lord...

I just noticed that Quietness is growing two fat canes from the base. Guess I spoke too soon!XD

Edited at 2012-09-21 12:42 am (UTC)
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