Thanks to my article-clipping mom, I found out about a "rose open house" going on in my neighborhood yesterday. So before the Grizzlies game, I drove around to a few houses to look at beautiful roses! (Based on the discussions I overheard, I'm guessing everyone unofficially closed up at tipoff. :))
One of the rose gardens was as big as my entire backyard. It was amazing! I meant to get a wide shot of the whole thing, but the owner seemed annoyed by my picture-taking, and I left sort of hurriedly.
I learned some helpful things from one of the rosarians. He said the only way to get rid of black spot is to spray with fungicide every three days. I'm going to try that! I have three rose bushes - a Tropicana, a Don Juan, and a Knock Out. The first two get black spot every year, but Knock Outs are impervious to pretty much everything.
It's true that most plants bloom better and look better every year, as they get more established. 90% of the plants in my yard were planted by me, so they're fairly young, but I'm noticing a difference this year!
My newest addition is this peony! Several peony enthusiasts convinced me to give it a try. :) It's a Karl