The drought here in California is definitely affecting my roses this year.
I have limited the watering of my roses as you can tell by the condition of the blooms on my St. Patrick rose bush.
It is interesting that the leaves of the rose bush retain their moisture and do not dry out as much as the blooms. However, I have noticed that this St. Patrick rose bush usually has blooms that dry out easily. A long hot windy day will often dry out the blooms even when we are not in the middle of a drought and I don’t cut back as much on watering.Here is what the blooms should look like instead of being all dried out. This is one that I picked and took to work with me earlier this year.
See: Around the Yard II
I have missed having as many blooms on my roses this year. Hopefully we will have a good long wet season and catch up on some of our rainfall.