Alas, we didn't give up. We trimmed back our stick bushes and continued to water our barren trees. And this weekend we finally saw some results. Our stick bushes have turned into little green mounds and we got our first rose bud.
I was going to post this yesterday, when our rose first appeared. I took this picture yesterday morning before work. Well, I'm glad I waited. When I got home, this is what my little rose looked like:
Quite the growth for one day. There are more little buds appearing on our rose bushes, so maybe we didn't kill off everything after all.