I didn’t expect to stay away from posting for almost a month, time flies. With the weather swinging like a pendulum, I find myself spending more time getting the garden in order. By the end of the day I was too exhausted to do anything else. But I can’t let summer passes by with out posting about roses.
The rose bushes in our garden are doing well this year. With rain early on and cooler than normal temperatures, it’s a perfect combination for roses. The first round of blossoms are just about to fade and just in time for the arrival of the heat and humidity. Now it’s time to snip off the spent flowers and feed them again.
They present their representatives, below, to vouch for the caretaker that has kept them well fed and healthy. That is why she has been MIA for a month.
Today is the official first day of summer and the garden looks very much like summer. The weather is also perfect..cool, sunny, with a little breeze. Juvenile birds tag along with their parents and wait to be fed on branches near by. The chicks from the second family of Tree Swallows learn to fly by gliding around the garden.
Despite uneven weather and a lot of heavy rain this summer many roses in the garden are still blooming this late in the season. Though not as profusely as in spring, they still provide bright, cheerful colors and scent for the late summer garden. Some of them will continue to bloom until the first frost.
After flooding the plant in spring, ‘Topaz Jewel’ continued to bloom sporadically throughout summer.
Rugosa ‘Hansa’ has never stop blooming since it started in the spring. Aside from being highly fragrant, the bees love them. I let most flowers become seed pods early in the season so I can make rose hip tea later on.
My favorite ‘Heritage’ has never stopped blooming. Beautiful soft pink petals and it’s highly fragrant.
For some reason the deer seemed to like this ‘Aimee Vibert’ rose. Flower buds that are low enough for them to reach often get eaten while other varieties of rose nearby remain intact.
The ‘JFK” rose is another rose that the deer are drawn to. I wonder if they like the color white on a rose or white roses are just easier to see in the dark.
The reason I planted this ‘Burgundy Iceburg’ rose is because I planted an ‘Iceberg’ (white) rose earlier and wanted to provide a companion for it. This one seems to get black-spots on the leaves every summer, but with few leaves left, it continues to bloom through summer.
I guess we can’t have everything. After raining for a few days, the weather has returned to early spring in which night temperatures hover around 50°F. It’s great for the roses but not so great for tomatoes, peppers and beans. The vegetables grow very slowly in temperatures like this. But the roses that survived the recent heavy rain do last longer and their fragrance is more pronounced in cool temperatures like this than in heat.
‘Heritage’ is a David Austin Old-Fashioned rose. Aside from a strong fragrance and a lovely pale pink color, it continues to bloom through fall.
‘MME Isaac Pereire’ is an Old Garden Rose with over 100 petals on each and highly fragrant as well. It’s bloodline can be traced back to the 1800s. When it is in full bloom, the flowers are so heavy that the stem can hardly hold each flower up. It would have looked better if the caterpillars didn’t like the leaves so much.