On Valentine’s Day, let’s talk about roses.
This rose foliage may not look all that unusual to you. I meant to take a photo all summer and then cut out this cane. The fact that it’s still there tells you that it’s been a difficult gardening year for me.
Actually when I went to take the photo today, I took it in 3 different versions. I wasn’t sure what would show you how unusual this is relative to what’s around it in the dead of winter.
If this photo doesn’t work for you, perhaps this next one will.
Yes, that straight cane–and the well branched canes with the tiny rose hips behind it–are on the same plant. Now I think you can see the problem.
The long straight cane is obviously a sport or mutation that needs to come out.
I would tell you that it was the rootstock trying to assert itself, but I believe that this is a rose grown on its own roots (as opposed to many roses which are grafted onto hardier rootstock in which this sort of thing can happen).
In any event, this long mutant cane needs to be pruned out now before it causes harm to the rose.
By “harm,” I mean taking over or possibly passing disease.
This is a priority for me very early this year.