Saturday, May 2, 2009
It rained yesterday, is still raining today and is supposed to continue three more days. I went to the back yard to feed the squirrels and birds this morning and was met with this. All my standard roses (roses that are very formal, pruned hard and add height to a garden because they're grown on a tall stem) were literally on the ground. I nearly died! I had no time to do anything before leaving for the park, but knew I'd have to help them before the stems snapped. When I arrived home I rushed to find a solution. I've allowed the roses to so overgrow that nothing I use to stabalize them is holding. NOTHING!!! I had an idea. Fabric. So I cut a towel in strips and tried to rescue the Eureka first (yellowish/peach). It was raining so hard and the head of the rose, as I've told you before, is so heavy, and loaded with water, ten times heavier!!! I could barely raised it off the ground. I started laughing and the harder I laughed the worse it got! I was finally able to raise it far enough to quickly secured it but was unable to tie a knot because I didn't have enough towel! I needed more fabic for a good knot, so tried to pull the rose back a bit further. It was so heavy I was unable, so was just standing in the pouring rain trying to hold the rose and figure out what to do. Believe it or not I let go with my right hand, held the towel with my left hand and my TEETH while I used my right hand to pull the rose back in an effort to get more fabric. For some reason the towel wouldn't give me more!!! It was wet and wouldn't budge, so I tied the most difficult little knot I've ever tied. I knew it wouldn't last, so ran to the garage for gardening tape. I knew gardening tape wouldn't hold the behemoth, so I cut a really long piece and tripled it. I made a bit of progress, but will have to do it all again tomorrow. It'll never hold!
Then I went to this dear sweet soul. Look at that poor stem! The head is on the ground. I never staked it, so have nothing to tie it to!!! I tried to tie it to the porch post. No. Didn't work. I looked around and realized if I could get the lawn mower close enough I could put the head on the handle and at least take pressure off the stem. So that's what I did. Is it a perfect solution? Nope. But it'll have to work until I figure something else out!
Here's the Eureka standard with the gardening tape. Yup, that looks secure!
Roses were down all throughout the garden, so I rushed around in the rain cutting roses trying to relieve pressure. This is the kitchen window after a great deal of effort. Keep in mind there are thousands and thousands of blooms in the garden, but I'm confident I made a dent!!! An itty-bitty wee one!!!
Ahhhhhhhhhhhh...the life of a divorcee. You try manipulating a hundred pound rose as a single woman!!!