Thursday, August 6, 2009
Rose among the thorns
Winter was very hard here in Spokane. All of my rose bushes looked dead this spring. They were here when we bought the house, and I had tended them as best as I could, but I am not a big fan of hybrid tea roses. Give me a unruly species rose any day, but the fussy ones are not my favorites. So, when the bushes looked bad, I thought, okay, good, I'll dig them out and put something else there.
Never count out a rose bush, though. They have all since come back and bloomed, without any care from me. Yes, sadly, I have not even cut back the dead canes this year. They've had little love from me, although I have been watering them when I water the lawn. And that is all they have needed from me, apparently.
They have triumphed despite my neglect, and my disdain, and my plotting against them. They have produced beauty from the sunshine. I can learn tenacity from these roses.