Saturday, October 31, 2009

Roses in November

When the Irish poet Thomas Moore went on in a lamenting sort of way about 'the last rose of summer' it was 1805 and I'd guess he wasn't looking at routine double-figure temperatures in November.

There is no last rose of summer any more. There might be a last rose of late winter at some point, I suppose, but this is, these days, a late summer or autumn flower. If not a winter one.

Certainly here it is, November tomorrow, and my garden is full of roses.

An unidentified miniature patio rose growing in the kids' garden.

Rosa 'Perpetually Yours'

A budding Rosa 'Dublin Bay'

Lots of buds on my container-grown Rosa 'Wildeve'

and the Rosa 'New Dawn' on the front of the house is flowering its heart out still.

I just can't make my mind up if I like it.
I love that my garden is full of roses: who couldn't like that? But they look all wrong among the autumn leaves somehow.
And can you imagine having roses on the table for Christmas dinner?


Liz said...

Wonderful photos, and I have to agree that it seems somewhat wrong that they'e still around...

I have a few roses flowering too, I stopped dead-heading them a good while ago now to allow them to go into dormancy but it doesn't seem to have made a difference!

Corner Gardener Sue said...

I love your blooms!

The Constant Gardener said...

thank you, and I also stopped dead-heading my roses back in about August but they've carried on regardless.

Which of course begs the question - if we didn't dead head them at all, would they still flower for months on end?

hmm... I feel an experiment coming on...

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