The weather this year has been very hard on our roses. We made two deliveries to the V.A., dropping off 27 roses to our veterans; then the heat and wind took over.
George (one of our regular volunteers, a Viet Nam veteran) and I hauled some 5000 gallons of water from whoever would donate it to us. We were forced to cut back watering the roses as much as we would have liked – we had to stretch the supply for the livestock and the vegetable garden, too. The stress this placed on the roses has limited flower production, so we hope to be able to resume delivery of flowers to the vets at the V.A. and take the final dedication photos of the plants this fall.