Blackspot-resistant roses

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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.

Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.

~Adrian Higgins in The Washington Post, November 6, 2013

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