I've been nurturing Dr. Huey!
Two years ago. Buried under a well established vine I found the remains of a very small trellis. The kind you see sold with vines in the pot. And a very small struggling rose. Much closer to the wall than the others. Maybe one small cane and one set of leaves.
. I'm honestly not sure how it was alive.
Anyway. I concluded that my grandmother had planted, and neglected, a climbing rose.
I nurtured it for a year. It grew. Kinda.
It was plagued by affliction after affliction. First blackspot, then rust, then powdery mildew. The first two are diseases I never really see.
The mildew was the worst case id ever seen.
Finally... Finally it made blooms.
They were so afflicted with mildew that I decided to cut them off and enjoy the next flush.
Mildew often recedes in summer for me.
To my surprise, no blooms! It never bloomed again. I then concluded, perhaps it was a once bloomer.
Fast forward to this year.
5 long flexible canes, good growth, lots of lovely foliage.
And surprise surprise, no diseases!
It made lots of happy buds.
I was eager to see what colour and form they were.
After much patient waiting, blooms!
And they were red, and open, and scentless.
It all clicked.
My grandma wasn't exactly a rose person.
She planted some hybrid teas in scents and colours she liked (in a far les than ideal location I might add), both for a pop of colour on the side ave to cut for the vase. Mainly for the vase.
So her planting a climber, let alone a once bloomer. It didn't make sense.
But more than anything my grandmother hated red roses. She would never plant one.
I was a little crushed. I nurtured Dr. Huey for two whole years.
I am the gardener. But nothing permanent is done without my grandpa's say so.
So I asked him. Should we keep it?
He said yes.
And I must admit I've come to like it against my wall.
It's a pretty background.
I mainly wanted to share the story, but I also want to ask...
Am I inviting disaster?
Should I rip it out while I have the chance?
The wall is covered with two vines as it stands.
My grandfather's opinion was. It's there, doesn't affect anything, and looks pretty in spring.
The wall isn't very tall. Maybe 8 feet. But it is very long.
About 20 feet. Maybe 25.
It will be tied to the existing vines. I don't really wish to give it it's own space.
I'm confused and conflicted lol.