|'Kashmir', first day|
|'Kashmir', about day 4|
'Kashmir' had some buds knocked off by the recent hail, so it is not blooming as prolifically as usual this year. At first flush, this rose was covered last year. You'll also have to excuse the grass growing at the base of the bush in the full view photo at the left. I'm a little embarrassed that I'm just now getting around to weeding this summer and haven't got here yet. On the positive side, 'Kashmir' has had no pruning this year either. I was a bit concerned over one cane with some signs of Rose Rosette on it last year, so I've left it alone after pruning the aforementioned cane to the ground, to see if the RRD returns. So far my pruning appears to have been successful. The foliage is very healthy, no blackspot at all, and it never needs spraying. My three-year-old bush has been cane hardy here in Zone 5.
I think 'Kashmir' is a good landscape rose, and the blooms are nice enough and on long enough stems to cut and bring indoors, even if it isn't 'Olympiad' or 'Mr. Lincoln'. I can positively say that, so far, this is a plant-and-forget rose, and I prefer the size, form, and color to my detested 'Knock Out.'