Everyday Adventures in Havachon Heaven

The Good, Crazy, & Adorable Life of One Havachon Puppy

The Rose Bush That Wouldn’t Die

on June 7, 2011

When we moved here, there was a split rail fence around our 3/4 acre yard. For some reason, the people who put it in also had split rails extending across the center of the yard, with a wide opening in the center. It was as if they were delineating the front half of the back yard from the back half, but we couldn’t figure out why.

Roses on the never-ending rose bush

Anyway, there were rose bushes planted all along that part of the fence that cut through the yard. It looked pretty, but when we eventually took the split rail down, the rose bushes had nothing to climb on and looked weird standing meaninglessly across the center of the yard. We tried transplanting some of them, but they didn’t take.

Removing them opened the yard up to its full size, which we liked much better. Even though we didn’t want to, we had no choice but to cut the rest of the bushes down to the base, which did away with them.

Except this one. It hung on year after year, defying the odds, no matter how far down we pruned it.

We decided that any living thing that shows that much tenacity for life deserved to continue living, so we left it plopped in the center-left of the yard, and now we just prune it normally to keep it from growing out of control. And every spring it proudly rewards us with a bounty of red roses. We give it no special treatment, no fertilizer or anything, but yet it thrives better than anything else.

I’ve come to love and respect that little bush. To me, it’s nature’s way of saying that no matter how much you may get cut down, pushed around, tossed aside, or ignored, you can still shine if you just keep pushing on. This beautiful bush is living proof.

23 responses to “The Rose Bush That Wouldn’t Die

  1. Such a beautiful story 🙂 Nature works in wonderous ways!! You look very pretty Daisy in front of the roses – if you keep hanging out there, no matter what mischief you get up to, I’m sure you’re gonna come up smelling of roses!! Tee hee

    Have a fun day,

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

  2. I think that bush sends a great message. And I also think it looks beautiful. 🙂

  3. Judy says:

    What a beautiful rose bush and inspirational story. I’m a big fan of old fashioned rose bushes,….especially the low maintenance ones:)

    • raisingdaisy says:

      LOL I agree – anything pretty and low maintenance is fine by me! 🙂 Wish I knew what variety of roses these are. It would be so nice if there was a website where I could input a picture of the flowers and it would give me an ID! 😉

  4. Those red roses stand out nicely next to Daisy’s fur, but would the correct term be “hair”?

    • raisingdaisy says:

      You’re right Pauline, Daisy does have “hair” rather than “fur”. And fast-growing hair, I might add! She needs a clipping just about every other week!

  5. barb19 says:

    Your story inspired me and confirmed just how awesome nature is. That little rose bush had no intention of leaving your place and now you reap the rewards, enjoying it’s gorgeous blooms every year.
    Doesn’t Daisy look good against the roses? She approves too!

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Thanks Barb! She was so interested in the roses’ fragrance, but I couldn’t get a picture of her sniffing them – I was too busy trying to keep her from getting stuck by a thorn! 🙂

  6. The Hook says:

    Sounds like a horror movie for the Gardening Channel!

  7. Agreed! Anything that hangs on that tightly should be rewarded and kept around. What a fabulous post!

  8. Mumsy and Chancy says:

    I love this post, great story. Very nice picture of Daisy and the roses. Hugs and nose kisses

  9. granny1947 says:

    Lovely post RD…mwah!

  10. Kas says:

    LOVE this post and story. Made my day 🙂

  11. Am I allowed to share this on my twitter?

  12. Connie WALKER says:

    I used to have the same bush. I hated that bush! My ex had picked it out ignoring the beautiful white rose bush I had wanted. I had a small front garden walking past to sit on the front step, the thistles would scratch you. I tried everything to kill that bush, trimmed it in March, did not water (so I forgot the down spot had an extension that was buried underneath of it). Yet it persevered and tormented me by growing further. I eventually uprooted it and gave it to a neighbour when I moved. I don’t know the outcome after that. But despite all my efforts to have it die, it didn’t while it was in my plant murderous hands.

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