Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
We have these climbing roses in front of the house, and I’m worried about them because the leaves are turning yellow and no amount of extra watering seems to help. (I know overwatering isn’t the problem …) They’ve had a tough season.
First, it didn’t rain for the first six weeks of the year or more, and I forgot to turn the sprinkler system back on. The error didn’t dawn on me until first the roses, then a few other plants, started going yellow on me, and some, since they drop their leaves anyway, might already be dead. We won’t know till spring, when the leaves would normally come back.
I’m working on a metaphor here, of course.
The roses dropped a ton of those yellow leaves, and I started soaking their roots every day until they began to improve. And they were looking pretty good until a solid two weeks of frosty nights descended on us, going all the way down to the low twenties a few times. The roses are too tall to cover with a sheet or something, and no doubt the sheets would have blown off in the windy nights, or become too heavy with the wet snow that came down, along with hail and plenty of rain. I can’t blame myself for not trying to cover them.
And we thought we’d dodged the bullet after the frosts because things were looking pretty good, until yesterday when I noticed another round of yellowing. I’m not optimistic.
Rain is coming later in the week, but I’ll keep the sprinklers on in the meantime. With any luck the frosts are done for the season – high thirties the coldest it looks to get in the short-term. I’m hoping the roots weren’t killed by the cold.
We need our April explosion of yellow and white roses, and given the season we’ve had, if they don’t come I will have to think of something else to fill the space inside.