Blooming roses

I have been diligently feeding and deadheading the roses in the garden of one of my clients all summer, and they have been responding magnificently! One beautiful yellow Arthur Bell rose (did you know it was named for the man who created Bell’s Whisky?) is still flowering in late November and looks set to go on into December, although I suspect the snow predicted for later this week may change its mind. Another rose, as yet unidentified, had done nothing all summer, but has now suddenly woken up and produced a single, spectacular, red bud. I was planning to move it to a new and sunnier spot before spring, but roses don’t always take kindly to being moved, so perhaps now that it has demonstrated its willingness to work, I may spare it. The bud does add a certain something to the barbeque set that it was twining itself around!

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