When I closed escrow on my house, it had been neglected all summer and the plants were about to just give up. It was the end of October by the time I was able to move in and the best we could do was water and trim up everything.
As soon as the weather began to warm, we began giving each rose bush a banana peel. You simply dig a shallow hole beside the roots big enough to put the peel in, cover it up with the soil, and let nature do the rest. You see, banana peels are loaded with potassium and roses love potassium. It's the easiest and fastest way I know to revive rose bushes.
Now, I love to look at my yard! It's an oasis in the middle of the desert landscaping (which I hate!). I really love it when a plan comes together. Now, back my gardening.
P.S. Since I took these pictures, the rose bushes burst into bloom and now all but one (there are seven) are literally heavy with roses.
I just had to share this, I'm so excited! It's so nice to have a yard again and to be able to garden.