Well it finally stopped raining for the time being. There may be a few showers this afternoon so I took the opportunity this morning to pull a few weeds, another gift from the rain. Then I started to get into that dream state where I do a little more and then a little more. I'm sure you gardeners know what I'm talking about. Before you know it, you've done a whole lot of things outside but possibly not what you set out to do. Anyway, while deadheading the roses and geraniums I finally noticed it - mosquitoes were swarming all over me! So I ran back inside. They always seem to win the battle.
Moving on, I thought I'd talk about this lovely little rosebud. It's called 'Janet' and it's a David Austin English rose. It's even prettier when in full bloom, with peachy-pink cupped blooms and a nice tea fragrance. And it seems to resist blackspot pretty well. So those are all the great things about it. However, it's got one really annoying habit that I can't for the life of me figure out. When it blooms, it hangs its head down so you can't see the blooms! I planted it last year, it grew and bloomed vigorously but always planted its face in the dirt. So I pulled it out early this spring, planted it in a big pot, and put the pot on a concrete wall. I thought at least I would be able to see the blooms at face height. And that is indeed the case but they still turn upside-down. I guess it's the weight of the bloom that does that and perhaps the canes are not sturdy enough. I thought putting it in a pot would toughen it up to the point where it could face the sun, but no. So I'm wondering - am I the only one with this problem and if not, why would a rose breeder release a breed that blooms upside-down??