Blackspot-resistant roses

– Posted in: Pests, Plagues, and Varmints, Plant info

If there is a rose in your future, you may want to consult the Purdue Plant and Pest Diagnostic Laboratory’s list of blackspot-resistant roses. As the article states, gardeners”could increase their leisure time and decrease their fungicide expenses by using disease resistant and tolerant roses.” There are so many different rose cultivars out there, why ask for trouble by planting one that’s prone to disease?

Sigh. As soon as I wrote that, I realized there’s probably dozens of rose aficionados out there who could make a cogent argument for planting a disease-prone rose. But that’s not me, okay? I once thought all roses had to be sprayed to a fare-thee-well to amount to anything, and it put me off roses for years.

About the Author

Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

In the end, this may be the most important thing about frost: Frost slows us down. In spring, it tempers our eagerness. In fall, it brings closure and rest. In our gotta-go world–where every nanosecond seems to count–slowness can be a great gift. So rather than see Jack Frost as an adversary, you could choose to greet him as a friend.

~Philip Harnden in A Gardener’s Guide to Frost: Outwit the Weather and Extend the Spring and Fall Seasons

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