|Pink KnockOut Rose planted to hide unsightly things|
K is for KnockOut Roses
The first time I saw a KnockOut--rose, not boxing match--I was smitten. I think it was in 2002. We visited the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis late that summer. Most of the roses in the fabulous garden were on their last legs of the season, but the KnockOuts were still kicking up their heels. Nothing fazed them, not the heat, humidity, smog, bugs...I couldn't wait to add these beauties to my own yard. Of course, I had to. I had already exceeded my budget for roses that year in our West Kentucky garden, and SAM and I pulled up stakes the next year. Florida called, and we answered.
|An example of the original red KnockOut rose, a William Radler creation|
|David Austin's "William Shakespeare" rose still thriving in a pot, two years later|
|"Iceberg" not yet melting in my Florida garden|
black spot, a fungus that attacks and weakens most other roses, but plenty of Florida sunshine really helps them knock it out. And that old sun has kept the katzenjammer from KO'ing me a time or two.
What helps keep you from feeling kaput?
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