“Secret” is one of the two hybrid tea roses that I planted in the garden this Spring. It has gorgeous, large blooms, a strong perfume, and attractive dark green foliage. I think that it makes a really nice addition to the garden.
Unfortunately, both my Secret and my Royal Amethyst – my other new hybrid tea – are suffering from some sort of stress right now, which is apparent from the yellowing of the lower leaves on both bushes. Yellow leaves can be caused by a number of different factors: over or under watering, over fertilizing, wrong soil ph, disease, pests, radiant heat, inadequate sunlight, and probably some stressors of which I am not even aware.
Nevertheless, I am optimistic that both rose bushes will be fine. Since we had a recent spike in temperatures – from the 70’s to the 90’s in just a few days – I am guessing that the heat is a factor and whenever heat is a factor so is watering. So for the next few weeks, I will watch these two carefully and feel the soil beneath the surface daily to evaluate their water needs. Over the years, I have planted and cared for about 75 roses at the different places I have lived and I have only had one die. So that is a pretty good track record … but still I have my fingers crossed! I hope to be able to give you a positive update soon.
Have a lovely weekend!
Really, really beautiful, Laurie! I’m a rose lover. Yea, weather, sunlight, temperature… will have to be right to keep them happy 🙂
I think that’s the problem with hybrid roses, they are harder to maintain than floribundas.
I have a number of miniature roses, ground cover roses, and hybrid teas. I only have one floribunda – Cinco de Mayo. I’ll post some photos of it soon. I’ll try to look into floribundas before I buy my next rose, but I seem to have weakness of will whenever I see a rose that I really love at one of our local nurseries.
Lovely Roses Laurie. My roses are suffering through the weather this year too. I think I will take your advice and watch closely.
Thank you so much for sharing…
Good luck! I’ve heard from several people that they are having some difficulty with their roses right now.
Beautiful photos, and they look pretty healthy to me. I appreciated the information, I have a few roses and I am struggling to keep them looking as nice with the swings in the weather.
Yeah, I made a point of not photographing the yellow leaves. They are pretty sickly looking. Good luck with your roses. Most prove to be pretty tough.
Gorgeous!! I love roses. You have two beauties. Enjoy!