Have been asked to post and say "Hi", so
I have bladder problems and have to pee all the time. I've donated most of my roses to a local arboretum as I've not been able to take care of them this past year due to the heat and a large (7mm) kidney stone which led to all my problems. My l/s radiation weakened ureter tore when attempting to remove the pieces of broken up stone. Removing, rather than blasting it was my option.
The arboretum is building a rose garden in my memory with the 300 roses of all types. I've donated all my rose books to them and they're making the garden educational to promote rose growing. I've also requested raised beds and it be disabled accessible. They're removing a large area of unwanted trees for the rose garden.
I'm keeping less than 100 roses and my greenhouse for now so I can continue to root cuttings. I wasn't able to this past summer.The arboretum is close enough that I can go there to get cuttings.
For anyone interested, the name is Taltree Arboretum and it's just west of Valparaiso, Indiana.
Hopefully they'll have the rose garden ready in 2014.
Plans are to remove my roses this spring.
I should get the stent removed at the end of January, hopefully for good. Meanwhile my rose beds are weed beds.
I may try to collect all the Buck roses and a few of my hardiest disease resistant varieties but will keep below 125 bushes, if possible.
It's not fun getting old and immobile. I just ordered a stair lift so I can get to the bathroom and my bedroom easier. On top of the bladder problems, I've fallen hard a few times. Didn't break anything but bruised my leg and knee bones real bad. Am just getting now to where I can get around easier. After the last fall, I spent a week in bed as I couldn't walk without help.
My computer is in my bedroom and I'm still answering question from the ARS webpage so I don't really feel like getting into any discussions on the Forum. Besides, they have so many experts and would be experts anymore, anything I'd add would be redundant.
I spend two to three hours on the computer daily anyway.
Finally, some of them were getting on my nerves. Rather than put up with the nasty comments from a few I decided to just stop going there.
If anyone contacts me at firstname.lastname@example.org, I'll reply and answer questions that way. If anyone wishes to post resulting comments here, they're welcome to do so.