We have this unusual square planter thingy in the backyard that seems to have been an extension of the deck. It’s reasonably large, 5 feet wide by 6 feet long and the top of it is just above my knee. It was there when we moved in, and right smack dab in the center of it is a climbing rose.
We have lived here for almost 11 years and every summer that rose gets infested with spider mites. Nothing I had tried on it worked, and believe me when I say that I tried everything. Each year started out well enough, but before long the infestation was evident and the plant looked horrible. So I finally got frustrated and dug the whole thing up. I dug down deep because roses send their roots down deep. That was 3 years ago and I thought I got it all….but I thought wrong.
Two years later it came back. Last year I saw that it was growing and rather than dig it up I decided I’d leave it grow. It didn’t flower last year; never produced a single bud. But this year it is full of rosebuds! And so far, no sign of the infestation…..so we’ll see. I almost waited too long to get a photo since most of the flowers are fully opened now.