Had a great time at the rose society of Tacoma. Lots of questions and nice interactions. I was concerned about being too negative. I have grown frustrated with inferior rose growers acting like their roses are just as good or better. So in the meeting I didn't hold punches. For years I have taken the heat for problems created by wholesalers. I have had it with these clowns.
I have also had it with the unsolicited advice from people that have rose gardens. I have grown over 100,000 individual rose plants. Please don't give me the "what you need to do is" line. I often will turn it around in my head. "You know what YOU need to do is..."
Maybe I am irritated that my brother has been in the hospital through the ER. Or that a family I know is in the middle of a very serious legal situation. Or that I had 2 greenhouses collapse in the last snow we had. Or that a company I have spent tens of thousands of dollars with won't pick up my phone call.
Loyalty. Oh well. At least I have great customers even though I haven't always deserved it.