The climbing rose that wouldn’t die

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… we’ll see.  I almost waited too long to get a photo since most of the flowers are fully opened now.


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