Monday, January 2, 2012

The War of Roses

I have a most glorious rose bush in the backyard. When it's in the mood, it blooms and blooms, the blossoms are white from a distance and pale pink up close and it has a lovely delicate scent. Here's some of the flowers from a couple of summers ago.

It is also vigorous and grows like it was clawing its way out of a rain forest jungle. That means I need to vigilant about pruning it, but last year, R Man was so sick I ignored it, so by this winter it had gotten to be a monster about as big around as a Volkswagen and nine feet tall. Not kidding, not kidding at all.

So I squared off with it this afternoon, determined to cut it down by about half.

The rose saw me coming and was all "Girl, you think you so badass with them sissy little clippers. Do your worst."

And I as all "Are you talking to me? You talking to me? I know you are not talking to me."

And the rose was all "Bring it bitch."

And I was all "Consider it brought. Bitch."

Insolent shrubs. There are some things one simply cannot condone. Actually it wasn't so bad, I whacked it back and only wound up with a bunch of scratches and a busted lip, which is inevitable when dealing with roses. They gots thorns and do not fight fair. I assume it will be worth it come May when there will be roses aplenty.

Random houseboy booty, completely unrelated to gardening.


  1. how can a tasteful man as yourself not own an industrial chainsaw for just such an occasion. whenever kabukis' rose bushes got surly - kabuki moved. i wonder if a taser would work? 50,000 volts might shock the scent right off the bloom, nuff said.

  2. The rose is a delightful creature but they do get rather surly when pruning time arrives. I take to them with the long handled loppers... That usually does the trick without a lot of blood being spilt and only the occasional prick...

    Isn't that what we all need?

  3. It is wonderful that you have a lovely, scented, and hardy rose in your yard. So many roses sold in garden shops and florists have no real scent of their own that I'm sure there are 20-somethings who have never smelled a natural rose scent, instead of something concocted by Glade.

    And the houseboy is not completely unrelated. Imagine that the briefs are water-tight. Pour some water into the cleft between his cheeks and you have a nice vase for a few well-chosen roses (or peonies, lilacs, etc.). The flowers will delicately scent Stately Peenee Manor as the houseboy goes about dusting, fetching Daiquiris, vacuuming, fetching Mai Tais, washing windows, fetching Margaritas, etc.

  4. Hmmm. I was eyeing my rose bush yesterday and thinking about the need to prune it. So I came inside and read.

  5. I used to have this variety in Ohio years ago, it has become a neglected strain, but it is what is commonly referred to as a "rambling rose"...

    Oh, and that pink flower is nice too.....

  6. Those are some handsome roses! I'm jealous.


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