This is a yellow Knockout rose. While the foliage may look pretty good, look closer. There’s yellowing foliage beneath the new growth and insect chewed foliage, and even some diseased foliage. What gives? I thought Knockout roses were bullet proof?!
Well, yes, so did I. And in my yard, most of them have proven to be. But certain roses, including this yellow Knockout (and Home Run, a rose that is supposed to be an Earth Kind rose but that is just about dead in my garden–go figure!) just don’t grow well.
That the yellow Knockout should be less vigorous makes sense. Yellow roses in general are weaker. It’s just a known genetic wrinkle. I’m not quite sure why that variation exists, but it does. And as yellow roses go, this is still a darned good one!
But contrast it with the Original Knockout, which towers over my head and which I have to whack back every year–including this “polar vortex” year.
There’s quite a difference. Even my pinks, while not quite this vigorous (because I stupidly planted them under a tree which has now overtaken them!) are not spotted or insect eaten.
But oh well. I do love yellow so I’m willing to put up with a little imperfection. How else will folks know this is an organic garden?