This is a close up of RRD growth on this bush.
This is what normal growth looks like on this Knockout.
Next I'll show what appears to be RRD on roses in the garden. The first is The Dark Lady a David Austin rose. It is one of my favorites. First what appears to be infected new growth and then normal growth on the same bush.
No doubt in my mind this rose is infected. I did remove the branch to the bud union. Some rosarians say that if removed early enough the virus may not have spread. The Dark Lady is a sultry red rose...the name fits the rose. I will definitely replace this one.
The next rose affected is ST. Patrick a hybrid tea. Definitely RRD...note the abnormal thorny stems. I cut this limb.
This is RRD on ST. Swithun, a David Austin rose. I cut this branch all the way back.
More RRD on American Beauty, a hybrid perpetual. I'm not sure...no thorns and not really witches broom. But I cut it off.
This is Cornelia a hybrid musk with strange growth. Is it RRD...when in doubt cut it back.
Finally new growth on Erfurt, another hybrid musk, that I don't believe is RRD. This is the only branch that I didn't cut.
Time will tell if the virus has spread or if I cut it early enough. If I see RRD type growth reappear on any of these bushes I plan to remove them. I'll bag the debris and send it to the land fill. I'd like to burn it but open burning in the city is not a good idea.
I didn't get a pic of the cut flowers this week but here is an arrangement.