Hello everyone. My name is Karol. I'm a rosarian - aka hopeless optimist for growing roses in Michigan.
I've been living with RRD in my garden for a couple of years now. It came on the east wind and decided to stay awhile. I have to admit that discovering RRD in your garden is like a punch to the gut. I'm responsible for the well-being of 120+ heirloom roses and I take that very seriously. (yep, I'm a little insane)
But it occurred to me that looking for RRD in my garden is a lot like living in the midst of a zombie attack. Every rose is suspect. Every new growth is analyzed: is it abberant or exuberant? Should I strike it down now or wait? Anyone else watch "Sean of the Dead"? Ya really don't want to kill your best friend until it's painfully obvious it's a zombie. Big stress.
For what it's worth, the few roses that I've dug out to at least 6" below ground have come back without zombie symptoms (I grow strictly own-root roses). But every spring, I feel like I'm on zombie watch. Right now I'm keeping a close eye on my beloved Contance Spry (12' x 12' in Michigan!). I'd hate to lose her but it's a tough-love garden I'm running.
I'm posting this mainly to vent, but I do have a question: are the people responsible for releasing RRD into our world aware of what they've done? I realize it was to eradicate dog rose or wild rose (invading crop fields, etc.) but it must have been wimpy science to think RRD would limit itself to wild, not cultivated, roses.
Sigh. That's all. Thanks for listening.