Roses need sunshine. Roses love sunshine. Since we have lots of trees around our house, finding enough sunshine for our roses has been somewhat of a problem. We had to move our roses from the first bed we made because there was too much shade, but now we’ve got them in front of the house where they get as much sunshine as our yard can offer.
HOWEVER, one corner of one of the rose beds is shadier than the rest of the bed. To keep the symmetry of the bed I wanted to keep a rose there. I figured that the rose there would be okay.
A few weeks ago a new cane appeared on the rose. It grew and grew and grew. For a while I thought it might be a sucker from below the graft, but it looked like the other canes. It kept growing and growing. When I was about to give up on it, a bud appeared and then a blossom that belonged to the rose bush.
To put things in perspective in the photo above, I’m 6-foot four inches tall and am standing on the same level as the rose bush. And I’m looking UP at the blossom. That rose wanted sunshine and was going to get to it.
The picture below shows what this rose bush, About Face, looks like under more normal circumstances.