Good link. But they neglect to mention that many antique roses are black spot resistant as well. I’ve never sprayed a rose for black spot, and my family has always grown roses. I’m under the impression that the tendency to black spot susceptiblity came into rose breeding with Chinas & thence into teas and then modern hybrids. I could be wrong. But I don’t grow any teas (too dicey in a climate with -20F temps in the winter) and the only rose I have which gets it is a David Austin I bought in a fit of greed in seeing its flowers. The rugosas, bless ’em, are nearly immune. My antiques are too. And the lovely books on roses by Martyn & Rix, and Peter Beales, give lists of immune/ resistant/ tolerant/ weeny varieties. Those books will however make you less resistant to buying more roses.
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.
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