The Roses of October

The Fall is the time when the garden starts to slow down, preparing to go to sleep for the winter.  The roses are no exception.  While we get the occasional flower, they're few and far between as the roses get ready for their dormancy.  In late summer, I stop deadheading so that hips form; this helps tell the plants that it's time to prepare to sleep.  The opening of a bud, which could take place overnight during the summer now takes a week or more.  Yet, we do have roses!  Fisherman's Friend, Heritage, Pat Austin, Queen Elizabeth, and Sunbright have all given us flowers, Queen Elizabeth actually putting on quite a show for this late in the season.  Lagerfeld and Tropicana are in the process of opening buds; if the frosts hold off (it was very close this morning), we should have flowers from them.  And, other roses also have buds that may yet have a chance to open.  Non-rose garden news is almost nonexistent; the backyard hosta were in full bloom but that is now past.  Here is an example of how the Fall slows things down; an entire week went by between the first photo and the second; duringthe summer, it would have literally been overnight.

Sunbright

Sunbright

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