We inherited a Crested Moss Rose. It could of been planted back in the 1930s. When you say moss rose many people think of the low growing portulaca. But, this is a beautiful, highly scented rose.
I found an informative online article on moss roses by Joan Katherine Shaw she says: “A glance at a Moss Rose bud gives the impression of a coating of small prickles, but the moss covering is soft to the touch, slightly sticky, and so intensely fragrant that simply rubbing one's fingers up the stalk to the sepals leaves one's hands with a rose fragrance as strong and lasting as any perfume.” So true
Notice the “crest” on top of the bud and the soft moss that covers the bud and stem of this rose. This picture and the one above was taken on June 11, 2010.
This picture was taken almost 2 weeks later. This rose occupies an area about 12 feet long and about 4 feet wide. The rose grows about 3 feet tall. This rose does not suffer die back like the other roses in my garden. I rarely feed it or trim it except to keep it contained. About 3 years ago I notice some skeletonizeing of a few leaves and ignored it. The next year there was a little more. I ignored it. Last year there was lots and it got my attention. I found tiny little roseslugs. Roseslugs are tiny tapered looking green worms. They are the immature stages of the Rose Sawfly. For about 10 days I would go out early in the morning and squish about 20 to 30 a day. Yes, I counted them, it sort of kept me entertained. At least the mornings were cool and the scent of the rose pleasant. After the roses bloomed, I deadheaded much of this rose. This is the rose this year after last years thinning. Last winter I used a dormant oil from Gardens Alive on this area. This spring I only found 2 or 3 leaves which showed roseslug activity. I also found a “daddy long-legs” spider working over the leaves. Good! I did find 2 or 3 leaves that showed roseslugs on my Reine de Violettes Rose and guess what! Another “daddy long-legs” spider doing his job. This rose grows on the south side of my house. It is within the 33foot long arbor (see the sidebar pictures)
Speaking of bugs, does anyone know what this is? He didn’t seem to be eating the flowers. I’ve seen a couple of them. To me he looks like a bug eating bug.
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