A few months back we watched our neighbor digging out this rose in her parking strip. She dug and dug and dug some more. She pulled and pulled and pulled some more. (I sound like Dr Suess). She gave up. Andrew thought about going to help her but he had just injured his back digging out our Camellia and was on doctors orders for light duty (it is dangerous being my husband).
Months have gone by and the rose stayed. She’s filled the hole with grass clippings. I thought roses were supposed to be fragile, and difficult? This rose has been abused and ignored…and is beautiful. Look at those big white flowers! Last summer another neighbor disappointed me by pulling out a huge volunteer Verbascum in her front yard. I watched it get bigger and bigger, knowing the day was coming when it would erupt in glorious candelabra bloom. And then I saw it lying limp in her weed pile.
Guess what…it’s back! (or another just like it in exactly the same place). Who will win this year? The Verbascum or the neighbor? This year it brought back-up, lots of it… Happy July 4th! Be safe out there...no telling what crazy business the neighbors might be up to, besides pulling out plants ours seem to have a love of noise and bright flashes of light.