When I started on my search for the perfect accent plant, I didn't search long and hard enough I think. I was in too much of a hurry, and settled for Lady X, a lovely rose in all the pictures.
Perfect...well, that's what I thought at the time.
Now she is blooming and though her blooms are wonderful, they are as my friend Zuzu says: Upside down.
Lady X's stems are too weak to hold the blooms. I might have to re think this situation, otherwise my centerpiece will be surrounded by teeny tiny crutches holding up every bloom. Poor baby.
Thanks, CL...she sure is hanging her head in shame right now. And another bud just ready to show its smiling face. If I take some wooden skewers that I use on the grill, cut them in half and cross them in the ground...then place a bloom right where they cross...hmmmmmm, might work. Might not have to cut them except for the lower blooms. Like teeny tiny teepees.
Think I will give it a try before the rains come later today, it might keep her every bloom from landing splat in the mud.
Sharran, I have a rose like that too: Mirandy is an older rose, dark red, fades to a deep fuschia-red, and it tends to have weak stems too. I read somewhere recently onet of the elements can help with that...can't recall which one, but I DO remember they said if you added manure to your roses, it was well balanced and would help with whatever problem your roses might be having, including weak necks--see, that's why it didn't stick, because I have a steady source of horse manure for my garden, so I focused on that and forgot the other cure.
Anyway, maybe you can do a little more research on that and find a cure.
And yes, I did the 'tiny crutch' thing too a couple times.