For the roses, this has been an exceptional August, an exceptional summer, and an exceptional year. I have a dozen different roses in bloom in the garden right now: Double Delight, Fisherman's Friend, Garden Party, Gertrude Jekyll, Heritage, Lagerfeld, Melody Parfumee, Pat Austin, Queen Elizabeth, Sunbright, Sweet Juliet, and Winchester Cathedral. Even Tropicana has a bunch of buds getting ready to open as does the Double Delight tree in the front yard. Peace is also getting ready to bloom once again. In other garden news, the grass is green and lush and has filled in most of the bare spots left over from last year. The shrubs (Forsythia, Mock Orange, and Weigeia ) that were damaged by my former landscaper pruning them way too late last year have all put on excellent growth and should be in full bloom next spring. Here's a particularly lovely Sweet Juliet blossom that's outside right now. Needless to say, lots of photos of all of the roses in bloom have been posted to my web site.