Revenge of the Roses

I’ve been having a different sort of adventure lately — gardening. Or I should say, trying to garden. My next-door neighbor let me transplant a few of his lovely purple spikes. He couldn’t remember the name, just that he had some seeds he’d tossed about his yard a few years ago. Such a hardy plant!

I also transplanted some vinca that I found in my yard. They were growing near the driveway, and I didn’t want them buried under a layer of gravel, so I moved them to a safer area.

Both plants are doing well, or as well as can be expected after being operated on by an unskilled practitioner.

The roses, however, are a different story.

A large patch of roses is growing next to my garage. Technically, they are on my neighbor’s property, but he said I could remove them if necessary to paint the garage. I took him at his word, and spent an hour or so attacking those well-entrenched roses.

And they attacked back.

They caught my foot in a tendril lying along the ground, and the next thing I knew, I was lying in a bed of thorns.


Despite the vindictiveness of these roses, they are lovely, so I transplanted them. I’m hoping they will forgive me the clumsiness of the operation and take well to their new location. As far as I know, roses don’t hold a grudge. But we’ll see.

Tomorrow I will weed an area of the yard where a couple of honey locusts planted themselves. It’s a perfect spot for them, so hopefully they will appreciate my efforts.

Meantime, it’s time for a cup of tea, a good book (or any book for that matter) and a rest for my weary bones, sore muscles, and thorn-pricked skin.

Wishing you a flower-full day.


Pat Bertram is the author of Grief: The Inside Story – A Guide to Surviving the Loss of a Loved One. “Grief: The Inside Story is perfect and that is not hyperbole! It is exactly what folk who are grieving need to read.” –Leesa Healy, RN, GDAS GDAT, Emotional/Mental Health Therapist & Educator.

16 Responses to “Revenge of the Roses”

  1. Constance Says:

    Sounds like you are having quite an adventure. The flowers are pretty. I am sure with your tender care you will have a beautiful garden. Miss you.

  2. Judy Galyon Says:

    Sounds like you are “blooming” in your new surroundings!! Hope you are not too sore!

  3. rami ungar the writer Says:

    Surprisingly, that is not the plot of my own novel, “Rose.” Though it could be the beginning of a horror story, now that I think about it.

  4. Carol J. Garvin Says:

    Ouch! Rose thorns are nasty! I relate to your aches and pains tonight. I spent this afternoon planting the last of my annuals in the front garden — two flats of scarlet fibrous begonias — tucking little groupings between the perennials and shrubs. One of the things I’ve always liked about moving to a new home is checking out the gardens through the various new seasons, discovering what previous owners have planted.There are no roses in our front gardens, but I do have one pink Austen rose that continues to struggle in the back. Our property is surrounded by tall evergreens and the beds are both too shady and too acidic for roses. I don’t know how it has managed to survive all these years. It only produces about four blooms each summer but it keeps coming back! Yours are lovely, and I do hope they survive the transplanting. I have vinca (periwinkle) here, too — a good hardy groundcover under our trees. That bright purple flower of yours is very showy but I have no idea what it is either.

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      It has been fun seeing what comes up in the yard. Mostly weeds. It seems as if the previous owners weren’t much for gardening or yard care. But still, there are a few nice surprises. And, as I continue to add my own touches, each year will bring nice and new surprises.

  5. Joe Says:

    The first one is delphinium, sometimes called larkspur. After these spikes are done blooming, cut them back where the spike of flowers started, and the plant will send up new spikes awhile later in the summer. It’s a biennial which means it will probably return next year but then fizzle out and disappear the third year or so, so if you like it, plant more, or save the seeds and try to grow them each year. 🙂 it does go to seed somewhat easily, and some hybrids of this are true perennials, making it hard to know whether it’s a perennial or biennial that reseeded itself.

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      Wow! Thank you! I will look for delphinium seeds. I love the flowers, and they seem to do well without a whole lot of care, which is good. I’ve never been much of a gardener, so I need things that can handle a bit of neglect.

      • Joe Says:

        You’re welcome. 🙂 “Blue Butterfly” is my favorite variety with deep royal blue flowers above feathery foliage, low grower, looks great with yellow Black-eyed Susans (botanical name Rudbeckia) which bloom about the same time. But it’s a biennial so I have to keep replenishing the patch.

        • Pat Bertram Says:

          That sounds stunning! I have what seems to me to be a huge yard. I don’t like wasting water on grass and don’t like mowing it, so I’d like to plant various interlinking gardens. Maybe I’ll do memorial gardens, and a blue butterfly delphinium with black-eyed Susans would be a lovely “Joe” garden.

  6. Sam Sattler Says:

    Be careful out there; it’s a dangerous old world.

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