Cool, rainy days coaxed our roses to bloom- full, fragrant garden gifts. But the two rose bushes that produced this exquisite flowering are not growing strong and healthy. We have a large white crepe myrtle tree and a lovely purple flowering Vitex near our back porch that have grown so tall and full the past 10 years that they provide shade for that part of our garden and porch. Wonderful respite from the heat of summer sun for us when we sit on our porch, but now a threat to the rose bushes. Roses require at least 6 hours of sunlight a day so the spot where they are planted has become too shady for them to remain healthy. We need to move them if they are to survive. I understand I must do certain things to help them make the move: Reduce the plant size, dig a new hole, remove the plant and roots and transfer, nourish the plant by providing the right soil, watering, and not forcing growth by fertilizing too soon.
As I thought about this, wondering if we might do best to remove them and take them to plant in our new house when we move, I was surprised to realize that the same advice applies to us as we get ready to relocate. We have already reduced the quantity of things we need to take with us by clearing clutter, passing on family treasures, selling, and donating. We have found the place where we will be transplanted, along with our son and his family. But we will need to remember the need to stay nourished and avoid forcing too much change too fast.
I am thankful for the plans we have made to be attentive to those things. And maybe we will take two rose bushes along with us to remind us.
Looking forward to blooming in a new spot.
I hope you take the roses with you. The idea of taking something beautiful to link you with your former home appeals to me. Blessings on the move which is very soon, I think, maybe even now!
This made me cry. I love you so.
Teion Parker (713) 979-8541
You are sweet! I love you too.
I looked at your roses and thought of our April 2nd snow storm. 60 mph winds blew the white stuff onto the pink magnolia blooms. I wish you well with your move.
Thank you Katherine. I always love your comments. And thank you for the kind thoughts.
When and where are you moving? Beautiful post by the way.
We are moving soon, within a couple of months, off 359 in North Richmond. Staying in Fort Bend County!