Friday, July 22, 2011

Heat Wave

We're in the grips of a heat wave in the Northeast; it's unbearably hot. I've noticed a couple of plants are struggling with the heat; my chrysanthemums are looking a little crispy these days . . .
But the carpet roses appear quite unaffected; as a matter of fact, they have started blooming again for the first time since late spring:

I planted three of these rose bushes late last summer; they were "rescues" from the sale pile at a local nursery.  Carpet roses are supposed to be heat-tolerant; these are definitely living up to their reputation! I have very few rose bushes in my garden; maybe because they have a reputation of being high-maintenance garden divas, I've avoided them. I pretty much have a rule that I'll baby a plant the first year; after that, they're on their own (I know, heartless).  Tree peonies are excluded from this rule, however. I unabashedly spoil them :-)

 But this new generation of knock-outs and carpet roses seems to be winning me over . . .

1 comment:

  1. I've heard good things about carpet roses. This color you have is stunning!