All the rain and soggy conditions the last few weeks kept me from deadheading the roses as should be done to encourage less leggy growth and more blooms. The roses seem to be doing well in spite of my lack of diligence.
The bushes have all grown quite spindly and less bushy with all the extra water, but the buds still keep opening and offering their sweet scents. The area in front of Julia Child was actually under water for weeks.
The other roses are planted up close to the house and are in a well-draining area. It was nice to not have to worry about giving them supplemental water.
It seemed that whenever I had the time to get outside for a quick trip around the garden with the clippers the rain clouds would let loose.
This section of the garden is ready for some attention. I am looking forward to spending some time cleaning things up in this area and preparing for one of my favorite times of the gardening year - Fall.