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Sharran
Calvert City, KY
(Zone 7a)

May 20, 2008
3:00 PM

Post #4978223

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.

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Sofonisba
Beacon, NY
(Zone 7a)

May 20, 2008
4:28 PM

Post #4978610

He he... "teeny tiny crutches"

Sharon, I hope you can find an attractive solution for Lady X!

Harper
Sharran
Calvert City, KY
(Zone 7a)

May 20, 2008
4:41 PM

Post #4978661

Gotta laugh, Harper, Lady X is looking pretty embarrassed.
Sofonisba
Beacon, NY
(Zone 7a)

May 20, 2008
5:05 PM

Post #4978763

I guess so!

carrielamont

carrielamont
Milton, MA
(Zone 6a)

May 20, 2008
7:39 PM

Post #4979498

ha ha, tee hee, "tiny crutches", what a great image! Sharon, I have confidence in you, you'll think of something!
Sharran
Calvert City, KY
(Zone 7a)

May 20, 2008
7:48 PM

Post #4979536

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.
Kathleen
Panama, NY
(Zone 5a)

May 20, 2008
9:20 PM

Post #4979903

hmmm, poor baby.

let me think on this.

oh, great article, by the by.

k
Sharran
Calvert City, KY
(Zone 7a)

May 20, 2008
9:22 PM

Post #4979906

. ^_^

Seedtosser1

Seedtosser1
Glenview, IL

May 21, 2008
3:40 AM

Post #4981772

eye brow raise!

..someone say tiny? Crutches, Tepees, Tiny??

Shar a great write! I can't waite to fall to see the outcome of this splendid garden.
What gorgeous iris and holly hock!

...Ummm, So glad you decided on the front side. I am quite sure Officer Gulliver will smile on his route I think he will enjoy the Lady X at the house where flowers grow.

Smile and a wink...Love your article!
Sharran
Calvert City, KY
(Zone 7a)

May 21, 2008
3:51 AM

Post #4981821

Thanks Judy...you will for sure see the photos!
Yep, teeny tiny.
Melissande
Chillicothe, OH

December 12, 2008
8:01 AM

Post #5883874

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.

Melis
Sharran
Calvert City, KY
(Zone 7a)

December 12, 2008
4:42 PM

Post #5884800

Hi Melis...
Now I know who to go to for help! Thanks!
Melissande
Chillicothe, OH

January 10, 2009
1:40 AM

Post #5987018

O I dunno about that, but I will share what I learn and discover. And with a whole yard full of roses, I do need to keep learning and stay on top of things.

Melis

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