You know the saying "If Mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy!". Well, I feel that way about my Iceberg rose bush. If she's not happy, I'm not happy!
Iceberg roses don't have a very good reputation in Texas. They are revered in California, where they must grow like weeds. (At least it seems that way to me.) But ask a Texan about Iceberg roses and you're more likely to get a rant rather than a rave.
If I were the type to just get rid of plants that didn't do well, Iceberg would probably be replaced. But once having spent money on a plant, I don't get rid of it easily. If it dies, that's one thing. But if it's just unhappy, I'll try to figure out why.
I've moved Iceberg several times, and I know where it is now is a good spot for a rose. It should be happy. Instead, it occasionally sheds its leaves. Usually in Texas the cause of this is blackspot. But my Iceberg doesn't show any signs of blackspot. It just pouts. I've spent years watching this rose, trying to figure out what is the cause of its unhappiness. Am I missing the signs of blackspot? Is there another disease attacking it? Voles? Lack of sun? Too much sun? Heat stress? I've gone through all the possibilities, and still I'm stumped.
But this week, Iceberg looks glorious. Like she does in spring. In spring. When we get rains. Hmmm.... And this week I've been giving it plenty of water. Is there a connection? Could that be the answer?
I think Iceberg just needs more water than the dry summer Texas weather offers. At least, that's my theory. For this week. You may have another.
Whatever the reason, whether my theory is correct or not, Iceberg is happy this week. And since Iceberg's happy, so am I!