The Knock Out roses have started blooming in the walking garden! Oh, how I love to see them bloom. This makes me fall in love with this garden all over again.
I know Knock Out roses have been much criticized. And a lot of rosarians may wonder why I grow Knock Out roses here, when I grow so many different types of roses. Well, let me explain.
Remember, this bed was designed to be a plopping garden. A garden with a lot of bulbs and perennials. When I put this garden bed in, I knew this bed might take a lot of my gardening time. But I wanted roses here. Of course, I also wanted those roses to be easy maintenance, very disease resistant, bloom constantly, and red. I could have chosen another rose, but I chose Knock Outs.
Maybe I'm too sensitive, but I'm tired of feeling like I need to defend my choice. Knock Outs are a rose, and if you find them too many places (shopping malls, every neighborhood, along the highway), that is because they give people what they want - a rose that is extremely disease resistant and blooms constantly. I know they're not disease resistant in every area, but here, they are ideal. The only thing lacking is fragrance.
I'm glad I made the decision to put Knock Out roses in this bed. (There are other roses in this bed, by the way.) From now on, in this blog, I'm treating Knock Outs like any other rose in my garden - without embarrassment or apology, and with love.
Magical may not be the first adjective you think of when you think of Knock Out roses, but especially in spring when they first bloom in my garden, they are magical to me.