|LIVING WITH ROSE ROSETTE|
|FIRST CONTACT - FALL 1999 Rose rosette disease (RRD) came into my rose garden Thursday, August 26, 1999 and left the way it came three hours later, in a large plastic bag, in a car. At that time it was thought that we didn't have Rose Rosette Disease in East Tennessee. We had, however, been warned by Dr. Mark Windham, plant pathologist at the University of Tennessee, to expect it.|
|At left, the blooms are half the size of other blooms on healthy bushes of 'Rose de Rescht'. The rosettes of different sizes are not sepals, but rosettes of leaf stipules from leaves that never grew larger (the leaf blades are represented by thin strips of plant). Other leaves at far left have elongated stipules.||This bush was rogued out and taken to the UT campus for shipment to Nashville for disease confirmation. From a distance the normal leaves almost hid the aberrant growth.|
|Fig. 3 Dr. Huey second year infection with RRD . This may have been the smallest 'Dr. Huey' in Tennessee.||
The blooms should have had more than 30 petals
red with white reverse; instead there are about 15
red petals streaked with white. Subsized under
developed leaves are common.
Fig. 5 Dr. Mark Windham - Plant pathologist at UT receiving "body bags" at his lab on the UT campus. Without his warning and help, we would not have had a clue what hit us. Instead of losing two roses in our garden we could have easily have lost 200 and the many people and rose societies we were able to help would not have been helped.
Fig. 6 View from the LMU garden facing northwest;
hillside in the background is dotted with R. mutiflora.
Historic Cumberland Gap is to the immediate
|Fig. 7 One of many rose beds at the LMU Garden. The bush just right of center front is an infected shrub or floribunda we watched as it died from RRD. See Chapter 11 - for more pictures of roses from this garden.
This rose garden no longer exists.
This hillside has been regraded and is now only grass except where LMU has rerouted a road.
There is still R. multiflora in the field upwind and in 2007 that multiflora is still heavily infected with Rose Rosette.