Have you ever… wondered why roses are or were grown in vineyards?
One often sees roses planted at the end of rows of vines in vineyards. Yet, this seems a rather silly place to plant something that is considered a garden plant.
When I saw it again recently, I decided that I needed to find out the reason behind the practice.
Apparently, rose bushes are very good indicators of problems that may be emerging in the vineyard. Powdery and downy mildews are easy to see on roses and act as a warning to the vigneron that there may soon be an issue with the vines too.
With all the modern treatments that are available to manage the mildews, roses may no longer be so important, but they are still pretty to look at, and do make a nice vineyard colourful too!