My husband and I are working in the yard today, burning brush and installing fence around my rose garden. Every year about this time, I have clean the winter's mess out of the garden and take stock of what I have. I usually don't water during the winter months and since this winter was pretty dry, I lost two plants. I did start watering, but it was too late. One of my rosemary plants died and I lost a Jackson Perkin's rose (not cheap). I am going to try to go organic this year. I am setting up a compost bin and have been doing some research on growing roses organically. I found these great books and links.
So, I guess it is not impossible to grow roses organically. As long as you are not too picky...which I am not.
As we are working on our fence I am also pondering the prospects of getting another pet. I have been wanting to get a house rabbit. Beamer seems to get along with other species more than dogs like himself. It occurred to me: If I get a large rabbit, like a Flemish Giant or an English Lop, I could let it outside to hop around in the fenced garden and not worry about it being carried away by a hawk.
I doubt I will be getting a rabbit anytime real soon. Maybe when I am off for the summer I will consider it a little more seriously.