Gertrude Jekyll is a new rose in my garden. I’ve heard conflicting reports about it but I’m game to give it a go. I seem to have the perfect conditions for it. My soil is well drained which is also a hard definition to track down. Everything needs well drained right? Is there a tag that says–works best in soggy poorly drained soil? I’ve added lots of leaf mulch, some Espoma Rose Tone, and some sand. The soil was originally the worst clay mess you’ve ever seen.
A few say Gertrude is finicky and won’t bloom very much and some say it gets leaf spot badly. We’ll just see. I have all the time in the world to pamper it. I’ll pull off the leaves affected and play it romantic music if need be.
But, those aphids–insects from hades–have to be dealt with. I sprayed them with the garden hose this morning. They are bad early. I noticed them on my Knock-Outs too. For a few minutes, I enjoyed smashing them between my thumb and pointer finger. That got old fast–so I blasted them with the hose. They are going to be a real problem this year. I can already tell.
It is such a pretty bloom. I’m going to cut a few tomorrow and put them on my entry table. They are suppose to smell wonderful. I’ll let you know.