Though not usually expected in New Jersey, it comes to pass that November has thus far been very rainy and very mild. Combine rain with warmer than usual weather and you get roses! We have more roses than seems fair for so late in the year. In bloom are Double Delight (the tree facing south), Fisherman's Friend, Gertrude Jekyll, Heritage (in a mini flush), the Mini Roses, Pat Austin, Peace (the new tree has done exceptionally well), Queen Elizabeth, Red Ribbons, and Sunbright. Shown below is an enormous peace blossom just beginning to fully open. Also in the garden, the English Hollies in the Side-Yard Garden have a bumper crop of red berries. Given the association of holly with red berries and Christmas, it makes for an interesting juxtaposition since there are a whole bunch of roses only steps away.