Roses, Roses, Falling Down

The title actually refers to two things.  First, once the bud has opened, the rose has bloomed, and the flower has fully opened, sooner or later the petals fall.  I now have large swaths of lawn buried under rose petals.  It's always a little sad to see but it's the inevitable progression of life.  What makes me sadder still is all the deadheading that will soon have to take place.  Hundreds of blossoms means hundreds of dead heads to clip off.  With my still-recuperating shoulder, it's not going to be fun.  The second thing the title refers to is the condition of a few of the rose bushes, notably Louise Odier, Pat Austin, and Zephirine Drouhin.  They have so many flowers that, when a thunderstorm rumbles by and dumps lots of rain, the weight of the water-soaked blossoms tends to pull the canes toward the ground.  When things dry out, I'm going to have to drive some stakes and tie them up so they aren't quite as droopy as they are now.

Today's photo subjects are Lagerfeld (a truly beautiful blossom), the aforementioned Louise Odier, Melody Parfumee, and Queen Elizabeth (whose blossoms are already up at the roof of the front porch). 

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