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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Danged roses.

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One day, late last summer, I decided to weed the small strip garden behind our carport, as I bent over to pull a weed, ouch!! @#*@#%&# the danged thorns on one of the roses stuck me in the behind. This was not the first time it had happened, but this time it made me mad. I said to the roses "that's it, I have had enough of being stuck every time I come to do some gardening, you are going to be moved." I pretty much stuck a garden fork under the roses to loosen them, and yanked them out of the ground, re-planted them in a different location, and said " live or die, I don't much care what you do"

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Well those tough little roses sure showed me, didn't they? Just look at all the new growth on them. I sure did get a chuckle out of the whole situation.

Pictures of two of the roses taken last summer.
They now have a new home, on the outside of the fence surrounding my vegetable garden, where they will no longer be able to draw blood. *chuckle*
Truth be told, the flowers are rather pretty, so it would have been a shame if they had not survived.


dinzie said...

We always seem to get the thorniest roses available ....So I can empathise with you as to the injuries they can cause :O)

But they are a must for gardens :O)


Daphne said...

I have totally vicious thorns on my rose. It is scary to get near, but it is off by itself so I'm pretty safe.

Outside In said...

I know what that's like, but they are beautiful.

Bangchik and Kakdah said...

To the roses, a little pick is just a tickle..... hahaha... good that it grows well and blooms... nice! ~ bangchik

flowrgirl1 said...

I got in fight with the rose Tropicana. It won. My leg was all scratched up. Its one of the thorniest roses ever!

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Maybe it was a conspiracy and the roses wanted moved:-) They are beautiful.

Sue said...

I am not much of a rose grower. I have one I planted the year my son got married, in hopes of blooms for our daughter to arrange for our son's wedding. I didn't like how it looked where it was a few years ago, so I dug it out and planted it in a wash tub. It comes back every year, and I have it in a different place my husband had out it last year, at the entrance of my veggie garden. It was a grabber too, and I don't know why it didn't get moved last year.

Fun post! I'm glad yours made it!

Anonymous said...

That is so funny! You showed them. I once pulled up a Don Juan and threw it up in the back beds. It did beautifully.

Randy Emmitt said...


You might try Heirloom Roses and look for thornless ones. I waited nearly a year for a thornless red climber called Zephirine Drouhin. I planted it beside the porch at my old house, when it bloomed it knocked you out with the aroma.

Darla said...

Normally when you take the live or die approach the flowers like to show you how tough they really are. Cute post, beautiful roses!

Michelle said...

It's amazing how a plant that is susceptible to so many diseases can be so dang tenacious. I yanked a couple of roses out of the ground once upon a time that were so large that I couldn't keep any soil on the root ball, basically I turned them into bare root roses. I replanted them and they did better than ever. Mind you, this was done in the summer... not exactly bare root season.

Jeanne said...

My sister has a pink rose bush that is over 70 years old and have been moved at least 6 times. My mother rescued it from a local house that was being torn down and just stuck it in our yard. We moved it around a bit there. 40 years later after we sold my parents' house, my sister yanked it out of the ground and replanted it. It's thriving. Roses are amazing!