|Rose in the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, photo by David Gardiner Garcia|
I came across the interesting story in the New York Times the other day about a curator (fancy title!) at the New York Botanical Garden trying to identify and promote tough roses that can grow without herbicides, pesticides and even without much fertilizer or supplemental water!
Here's a link to the story: Leading the Search for a Self-Reliant Bloom
What do you think of the article?
Personally, I don't have any roses in my garden now, but I do aspire to someday plant some and hope to install just these kind of tough-as-nails roses.
But I have noticed that some of the tough (and IMHO overplanted) roses in our neighborhood - the Knockout Roses - don't seem to attract many bees, and I would want a rose I plant to be a pollinator-magnet in addition to being tough and beautiful.
Is it asking too much to want it all? ;-)
When I do buy, I'm thinking of ordering from the High Country Roses catalog, probably one or more of the Species Roses.
ps - Today is the last day to enter the Southern Exposure Seed Exchange sweepstakes. I'll choose and contact a winner tomorrow!