Summer Roses – The Result


Tuesday 26 August, 2014 by Uncle Spike

Back during last winter I spent a few days trying to resolve our problems with roses during our long hot summer. Most of the time we never saw any flowers once temps hit over the mid 30’s (over 100F), the plants would just roast and that was that until perhaps late September.

I separated three of the rosebeds in terms of ensuring the soil would stay put, then added loads of poo; of the goat, cow and chicken flavour. For more about the work back then, you are welcome to read my post:

Roses & Beds



Did it work, well not bad, yes. We still get some blooms that get roasted where they are, but I don’t know what I can do about that.






But we also have had a few that are almost respectable, considering their hostile environment.






And then there are a few which have turned out to be pretty healthy specimens, so the preparatory work and the watering regime looks like we’ve been doing something right 🙂








27 thoughts on “Summer Roses – The Result

  1. dunelight says:

    I can grow many things very well but roses, like many beautiful things, demand a lot of attention. Good luck, your gardens look great!


  2. Hard work= results. I like the small rose roses. Are they rock roses? We have some in California.


  3. looks like many hours of dedicated labour has paid dividends some of those roses are beautiful and lovely to see them looking so well cared for


  4. The roses in my front garden suffer from a combination of too much salt blowing in from the sea on storms and windburn. The ones out back are quite healthy.


  5. AnnetteM says:

    Apart from some of them looking a bit frazzled, your roses look really healthy. No sign of aphids or black spot which covers mine! Well done.


  6. swamiyesudas says:

    For all that, You do seem to be getting some very good results, Brother Spike! …In India, I have heard it said that Roses need (at least) 8 hours of Sunshine! In India! Where temps soar above 45 deg C! And I have seen them doing well too, in Patna, for instance. …They also tell us to add Egg shells, (for Calcium? to Break up the Soil?). Am NO expert in gardening. Love and Regards.


  7. dayphoto says:

    Terry Grandmother told me that years and years and years ago a snake oil peddler came into the neighborhood selling pills to help roses bloom. He did a bang-up business. Because to use the pills you have to soak them in water and apply the water every two to three days.

    She said he made a bundle off the many people who trundled here from very wet areas of the USA…but in reality all they had to do was really soak their roses and make sure they dried out then soak them again to have lovely blooms.

    Thanks for the memory!


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  8. LadyPinkRose says:

    You are not the only one with struggling roses, Uncle Spike. I really love the endurance of these two. They chose to flower regardless. xx Amy


  9. joannesisco says:

    It looks to me like you’ve had a lot of success!


  10. fredrieka says:

    I like the left one the best beautiful


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