Rosa 'Hello Dolly'
My rose bushes are loving the cooler weather we've been enjoying, at least at night. They have rapidly produced new growth and blooms, but all is not well with them. I still consider the roses an experiment in my desert garden. Even though I've read a couple of books on growing roses in the desert Southwest, I still don't feel competent in doing so. I think my placement is off, my watering schedule not yet right, and ability to diagnose problems almost nonexistent. Both the 'We Salute You' shown here and 'Tiffany' that I that I wrote about in September have far fewer petals on the flowers than they did last year. The bloom color is more intense in the case of 'We Salute You' and lighter and more faded, in the case of 'Tiffany'. At this point, for lack of a better explanation, I'm blaming it on the near 100 degree days that we are still experiencing.
If a rose expert out there has another explanation, I'd be interested in hearing about it. Maybe I can learn something that my books haven't covered.