Drought and roses: always on my mind

Where I live (Mudgee, central western New South Wales, Australia), it’s time to plant bare rooted roses. We’re struggling through a 1 in 100 year drought so conditions aren’t ideal. (To read about the drought and how you can help our farmers, have a look at 200 Bales, a grass-roots initiative of some wonderful Mudgee people- see 200 Bales Mudgee).

Despite this, having the luxury of town water, I’ve recently had a patch of prime real estate in my front garden dug up for a new rose bed. I’ve ordered bare rooted roses and they’ll be here in about 2 weeks. Roses are incredibly drought-tolerant- they’re a gardener’s blessing in places like Mudgee. Meantime I’ll be working on the soil and praying for rain- for myself and so much more, for our farmers.


For information about planting bare rooted roses, you may like to have a look at my post from 2018- Ready, set, roses! A winter garden project.

I hope you like the feature image on this post- it’s from an exhibition titled “Floribunda: I saw at Newcastle Region Art Gallery earlier this year.

“Sospire” by Elisabeth Kruger, 2007, oil on linen

You can see my post on the Floribunda exhibition at Floral Abundance at Newcastle Regional Art Gallery

What’s the climate doing where you live? Are you planting bare rooted roses?

2 Comments Add yours

  1. tonytomeo says:

    Are hybrid tea roses still popular there? I am so tired of all the David Austin roses!

  2. My Dream Garden says:

    At Mudgee we love all kinds of roses! We love hybrid teas! Have you seen Persian roses? I’ve only seen them in books and they sound amazing.

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