Sunday, April 22, 2018

Fifty roses





You know the old saying about taking time to smell the roses? Well, today I stopped what I was doing and counted the buds on my big rosebush in the backyard. I'd seen buds just starting out maybe a week or two ago, then life got busy and I didn't pay much attention to the rosebush; I was watching the irises more carefully as they started sending up their buds and the first flowers began to open. Then I was in the backyard yesterday afternoon, sitting at the table on the patio and chatting with the Bear, when I noticed the rosebush. Holy cow! It was covered in buds, more than I'd ever seen on it in any previous spring. I don't know why it's so prolific this year, but I'm not really questioning it either - I'm just so excited!

We've had the best weather for good roses - no late freezes. In many years past, the roses are ready to bloom when a freak late cold snap happens and the buds freeze and drop off. Or a freeze is warned and I try to protect the bush with a tarp, which I don't take off soon enough the next morning and buds bake to death underneath. You see what an ordeal it can be to get good roses around here, and that doesn't even take into account the dearth of moisture. We've had the sprinklers on for a few weeks, though, and I think most things are getting enough water now. Certainly the rosebush is thriving.

There are only a few buds close to blooming; I predict open roses in the next week or so. In the meantime, feeling really ecstatic and proud and also kind of boggled at the sheer density of them, I counted all the buds I could see on the bush and I figure exactly fifty. Maybe there are some hidden ones too, but fifty! If they all bloom, the bush will have more flowers than I've ever seen on it at one time. Such promise. Soon, I'll be bringing in cut roses (and anything else in bloom) for kitchen-table bouquets, which to me are the essence of summer. And I'm not jumping the gun talking about summer - it will be just a few more weeks before we reach that stage of the year where spring and summer briefly blend into one short, sweet season of perfectly beautiful weather, before the scorching heat, the parching winds and - eventually - the crashing storms of true summertime.

20 comments:

  1. Amazing!!!
    Good for you!
    Have a cozy evening.
    I look forward to more posts and photos of those beautiful flowers. : )

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  2. It's going to be beautiful!

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  3. Oh Jennifer! I can hear the joy in your words as you write this post. Fifty roses! How absolutely wonderful. We barely have anything coming from the ground yet, but warm temperatures in the 60’s and 70’s are supposed to arrive this week so there is hope. I am excited to see pictures of your beautiful roses in bloom. I hope your week is a great one.
    Blessings, Betsy

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  4. Can't wait to see those all pop out. They will be stunning. Jo x
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  5. Wow, that's amazing Jennifer, I can't wait to see photos of your roses, both on the bush and on your kitchen table. I planted two new climbing roses during the winter but I doubt we'll see any flowers this year, they are not established yet, just forming some shoots xx

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  6. It's going to be beautiful once it's in flower. I never used to like roses but I love them now, my tastes have obviously changed. I've got three roses bushes in the garden and I'd like more still.

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  7. Fantastic. I was just this morning thinking about summer cut flowers, sweet peas and roses in particular, and thinking how nice it will be. I only really have flowers in the house at the height of summer, it's such a treat. No buds here yet though, spring was long and freezing, so we're around a month behind where we usually are. CJ xx

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  8. That is going to look stunning. We too are waiting for that perfect window of time. It is pleasantly warm-hot now but we still have the wind. Once that dies down, summer will be here.
    Well done for lavishing so much TLC on your flowers. You will be well rewarded this year. Kate xx

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  9. I love how your photos are filled with so much warmth. Please share your roses with us when they are in full bloom! Here, we've just had a very sudden and unexpected heatwave with temperatures in the mid twenties or mid seventies - more like summer than spring, and very odd after our long, long, cold winter. It's over now and more like usual April weather but it was gorgeous while it lasted. (I love talking about the weather. Sorry.) xx

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    1. It's okay, I can talk about the weather all day long. It's just one thing I like about you, you're as into the weather as I am. :)

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    2. Are you sure you're not British? ;-)

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  10. Amazing rose bush!! I'm not very good with roses and seem to always get the instructions for their care mixed up and the bush we have really suffers :( Whatever you're doing is working!!
    Wendy

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  11. Oh wow.. that is wonderful. I hope the weather cooperates and you have a bush full of roses.. 50 to be exact. :) I have tired growing things now and again.. and of course I love when they are a success.. but I just don't have the patience to monitor them and cajole them..

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  12. I could sense your excited, I truly hope that you get the perfect weather conditions and consequently a full bush of beautiful roses.

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  13. Wow! I can only imagine how beautiful this is going to be when fully in bloom. I've tried a couple of rose bushes here and they both died; I'm just not good with roses. I guess I didn't inherit that gene from my mom and grandma - they both had beautiful rose gardens.

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  14. Watching flowers about to bloom is such a lovely feeling! These are going to look stunning when in flower.

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  15. How fantastic to have all those beautiful roses to look forward to. There is nothing like cutting flowers from the garden to bring indoors. Gillian has already told you about the UK weather so I won't repeat it :-) (but it was lovely to have a few t-shirt and bare feet days!). S x

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  16. Wow, 50 roses on one bush. You definitely win! That would be so exciting Jennifer. I know how difficult roses can be in an extreme climate. They love heat, and they love water, but they don't like wet feet. They don't make it easy for us, do they :) Enjoy your roses and I look forward to the pictures.

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  17. Oh I do love roses, they are my favourite of flowers ever. Please do share what they look like when they are in bloom. I bet they will be stunning xx

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  18. How lovely! Ours aren't big enough just yet. We must be that much further from blooms in our climate.
    I hope your garden gives you great joy this year, Jennifer!

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