Friday, November 16, 2012

The Last Roses

Fall seems to be well and truly here now, in our part of North Carolina.  We definitely had an Indian Summer this year, because after a cold snap around the middle of October, we then went back to temps in the 70's later in the month.

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 let these beauties get zapped by a hard freeze, I cut 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?

Thanks to all of you who read my blog and who so kindly visit and leave comments.  They are much appreciated.  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.


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  1. all the flowers on my side of town got pinched by a slight freeze.. the grass tips were white this morning.

    enjoy your roses for as long as you can. they are so pretty.

  2. Hi there, I'm visiting from Pink Saturday. I'm a new follower, your roses are lovely, I still have a few in bloom in south Alabama!
    MacDuff is very handsome!
    Have a great weekend! Dorothy @hensrule

  3. Hi Denise,
    Aint she a beauty! I love my Gertrude Jekyll, she is always the last to bloom, a tough girl:-) Your husband captured her well! Happy Weekend..

  4. Beautiful photos, as always, Denise. Love those roses, I can just imagine how sweet their smell must be. No flowers here, even my 'hardy' mums are dead! :( xo

  5. Your roses are beautiful and your hubby did a great job of snapping them.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  6. Your roses a re divine.. I have buds, but alas, not one bloom.... you have a lovely blog... thanks for visiting mine tonight and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  7. I live in Illinois. A cold snap hit but we did have morning glories blooming about one week ago. I will be posting the image soon on my blog. Truly love those roses and smart to have taken them inside to enjoy. Happy Thanksgiving!
    Joyce M

  8. Denise it is so nice that you can hold on to the pink roses for just a bit longer after summer. They are beautiful. Still kind of mild here at the Jersey Shore.
    Have a lovely Thanksgiving & Happy Pink Saturday too.
    xo Tami

  9. Those are beautiful. They look so delicate, almost like paper roses.

    It's getting colder here so my camellias are out. I love the way they look when I'm sitting on my front porch. (Which I'm not doing so much lately since it's cold, but...) I also saw buds on my Japanese magnolia. That is the freakiest tree. I never know what it is going to do.

  10. Very pretty.

    iHeart PINK
    Have a lovely Saturday. Come and see me when you get a chance.

  11. What a beautiful pink rose :) Thank for for sharing it today!

    Have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving!

  12. Oh how I wish there was a scratch and sniff button. :)

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

  13. Have a Happy Thanksgiving! Thanks for joining me at HSH!



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