The roses have been giving me some final blooms
this week. Seems they wanted to give one last hurrah
before the cold weather comes in and takes them.
“ Almost Black” looks like pure velvet when it
is in bud stage.
Then unfurls to a deep red with dark highlights
around the petals.
The new “Iceberg” rose that was planted this spring
has been blooming better than my Knockout roses
Since I love white blooms in the garden I have
been in love with this rose this summer.
“Easy Does It” is another new rose planted this
summer and it has been non stop in blooming also.
I am not a favorite of the colors of orange in flowers
but Easy Does It has so many shades to the petals
that it has really grown on me. She looks pretty with
a few water drops from a watering. Looks like she has
company on one of the petals.
“Crimson Bouquet” is my favorite of the red
roses. It blooms in waves throughout the summer
and it smells divine. She has a few chewed leaves
I have had the Crimson Bouquet rose for years and
it is very hardy and has never failed me yet.
Gertrude Jekyll is also a new rose and I love how it
has produced waves of blooms this summer.
I love how Gertrude’s petals keep unfolding from the
tight buds into a full bloom of many petals.
Even the climbing rose “New Dawn” has graced me with
a few new blooms.
New Dawn usually only blooms once for me so
it is having a finale bloom to say goodbye to summer.
As I mentioned my Knockout roses have been a
very big disappointment this summer.
With exception to this Rainbow Knockout which has
bloomed very well.
The new Sunny Yellow knockout only bloomed twice
and the red and pink singles and double Knockouts
shrubs have just had a few blooms in all.
Along with the roses having one last blooming
event this lone Shasta Daisy came out to say
goodbye for the summer.
Today is also “Fertilizer Friday” at Tootsie’s
so join us in Flaunting the last Flowers of
Fall is really here now although we have had days in
the nineties this week but a big change is on the
agenda tonight. We so need the rain that I am hoping
this cold front will bring in.
The Last Rose of Summer
'Tis the last rose of summer, left blooming all alone
All her lovely companions are faded and gone.
No flower of her kindred, no rose bud is nigh
To reflect back her blushes and give sigh for sigh.
I'll not leave thee, thou lone one! to pine on the stem
Since the lovely are sleeping, go sleep thou with them
'Thus kindly I scatter thy leaves o'er the bed
Where thy mates of the garden lie scentless and dead.