All Done

The cold weather is finally upon us and we've had our first hard frost with many more to come.  The poor roses that were outside have shriveled up 🙁 and the buds will sadly never open to become flowers.  In a few weeks, I'll go out, strip the bushes of their remaining leaves, prune them down so they don't whip around in the winds of winter, and dream of spring.  This was a very good year for the garden in general and the roses in particular, as all of the photos on the web site can attest.  There were only two real disappointments this year.  The first was Abraham Darby, which didn't put on much growth at all after it was planted and didn't bear a single flower.  I guess that spot is just not conducive to roses.  If it survives the winter, I'll find a new spot for it in the spring.  The other disappointment was Showbiz, my only floribunda.  It's growth was weak, it had few flowers, and it will join the late and unlamented Out of Yesteryear as only the second rose that I shovel prune.  I think I'll replace it with an Old Garden Rose to join Louise Odier and Zephirine Drouhin.  I can hardly wait for the catalogs to start arriving!  🙂

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