Great article. It is good to know I am not alone as the black spots defoliate my roses every year and I wonder if my roses will survive the winter. It is still worth it when I see and smell those beautiful roses that rebloom all summer. I have been buying the newer Knock-Out type roses and having less problems but they are not as exotic as the tea roses. One small rose on my black spotted plant is still better than perfect clumps of less regal flowers!
You know thats funny.
I would get the first year gorgeous blooms and then they would die over the winter.
I felt so bad, till I discovered that they were misnamed and misrepresented by
You really have to do your homework and find the hardiest roses you can for
your area and couple that with some wind protection, but not soft breeze
because they Need that to eliminate the black spot spores.
I think of Knock outs (have one) as the plastic shopping bag of roses.
BTW, I have moles, and gophers and voles and mice, and their favorite
place is under the knock out. There are major caverns under it. I am scared
to go near the knock out, most times, my foot goes down into the ground about