A brighter outlook, please?
Maybe it's the dreary weather that's put me in such a prickly mood but I find myself getting very worked up about things I'm reading on line today. There's such a lack of encouragement or optimism about any and everything. "You CAN'Tdo that." "You CAN'T grow that" "Only these types are good or real roses or worth your time." "If you're interested in that aspect your a snob or an elitist" Etc., etc., etc.! Why is that? Are we looking to turn people off? Send them away from the hobby we all love?
So many newbies post innocent questions and then get bombarded with negative responses that I can't help but think we scare the majority of them off. I would think it would be much more beneficial for everyone to encourage them.
If I weren't such a stubborn SOB myself I probably would have been one of those newbies who ran away in terror when I posted my question years ago about growing potted roses, and wintering them outside, in zone 6. Everyone thought I was pretty much crackers and they'd all die. But they didn't and I'm still growing and wintering them outside in pots...even HTs for crying out loud! As a matter of fact mostly HTs, lol. In zone 6!
Will some of the attempts that people make and ask us about fail? Of course. But failure is normal, part of growth and not a bad thing if you learn something from it. I think we need to be more encouraging of experiments, trials and innovative ideas and not such naysayers all the time. And when we can speak from personal experience can we try and not make it sound so dire? When I have tried something and it hasn't worked for me I'll give an asker the benefit of the doubt and tell them give it a go but these were my results when I tried it. And maybe offer some suggestions to fine tune it so maybe it will work for them. I hate to tell anyone "no, that will never work" because maybe for them, in their situation, it will.
Our hobby is in a crunch time. Nurseries are closing, societies are disappearing and fewer and fewer people are getting involved. And here we are promoting the worst. Instead we should be out there screaming at the top of our lungs that roses are alive and well and not the divas you've been led to believe! In truth roses are tough as nails and grow and thrive all over the place in some of the most impossible conditions imaginable. Yes, even HTs, and exhibition roses, and minis and OGRs and Knock Outs!
So could we at least try to be more encouraging and have a brighter outlook, please?