The Rhode Island Rose Society held its 13th annual rose show recently, and I dropped by with a couple of gardening friends. This year’s theme was “La Vie en Rose,” and as you can imagine, the show had a decidedly French accent, honoring contributions made by French rosarians. The “Theme Class” called for roses with French names.
There were some pretty spectacular blooms to ogle, some of which, like “Paul McCartney” also had amazing perfumes. I have a bias against roses without perfumes. They just don’t seem right to me somehow.
There were speakers and experts, one of whom recommended window cleaner with ammonia to get rid of Japanese beetles. That sounds like a very sensible solution to me, although I must confess that I don’t plant anything that attracts Japanese beetles. Too much of a hassle.
But, as we gardeners know, most roses are not sustainable plants, and require a great deal of food, water and chemical intervention. I listened as one speaker described in detail how her husband suited up before spraying their roses with what she referred to as the “toxic” stuff. Hey, if you have to protect yourself that thoroughly, maybe you should consider what that chemical is doing to the things it’s being sprayed ON!