Our David Austin roses have been continuously putting out a few blooms all through September and October. We've had this Gertrude Jekyll rose for three years, and this is the first year it has bloomed into autumn. In addition, there were buds, promising more blooms to come (as long as they didn't get caught by an early freeze). You can see previous posts on our David Austin roses Here and Here.
Well it's been cold and windy here this week, folks, and yesterday I was amazed to see two beautiful blooms still on the stalk, along with several unopened and partially-opened buds. The temperatures have been dipping into the 30's at night, but apparently they've stayed just above freezing, so these flowers were still healthy and intact, rather than brown and drooping. And best of all, they still have their wonderful fragrance.
Rather than letting these beauties get zapped by a hard freeze, I cut the two flowers yesterday and decided to cut two buds as well -- to add interest to the small bouquet and to see if they might open in a few days. I put them in our living room, which is more formal than the den and where the pink looks much prettier.
They smell heavenly.
I have to thank my sweet husband for taking theses photos; he does a MUCH better job with these kind of closeups than I do.
Is it cold yet where you are? Do you have any last flowers still blooming in your yard?
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