What do you see when you look at a rose blooming?
A beautiful flower, of course! In my book, it can be almost any color. I love red, yellow, white, pink, orange, and even those blooms that start out one color and turn into another. And I love singles as much as I do doubles.
But when I look at a bloom, I also want to see nice foliage.
It doesn't have to be perfect. Not at all. I don't spray my roses. Never have, never will. I'm much too lazy for all that! So, my garden is an experiment in determining which roses will be tough enough to grow in my harsh climate and with my laissez-faire gardening. I don't expect perfection.
But, for several years now I've been thinking about digging up 'Lemon Fizz'. I almost did last year. I swore I would this spring. I intended to this autumn.
Oh, yes, it has the most cheerful display of adorable blooms, in the most sunny shade of yellow. And the biggest, most beautiful hips. But it seems that every time it blooms, it also has a bad case of blackspot.
|typical spring foliage|
|typical autumn foliage|
That was, until now.
This year, it started blooming and - gasp - the foliage on it is perfect!
|'Lemon Fizz' - with perfect foliage!|
What's up with that?
I suspect it's because we have had no rain. But maybe it's something else. Something to do with the cosmic aligning of planets or some other such thing in which I have no control.
So, I'll keep Lemon Fizz for another year. And we'll see how it fares next spring. I hope the foliage is glossy, dark green, and beautiful. And I hope it is that way next autumn. I hope I have to write a post apologizing for bad-mouthing it!
I hope, I hope, I hope.
I'm joining Pam at Digging for Foliage Follow-up, because foliage on a rose is just as important as its blooms.