Late season roses
I’m just wolfing down lunch before heading out.
This is my daily plod.
Yep. Another bouquet of roses to the neighbours over the mountain. I know they have not had a surfeit of these amazing blooms. But they might start to find it tiresome returning the vases.
Well in this case it was just a cut down milk bottle. So that’s one for the recycling. But the glass jars are just full of wonderful roses right now.
I have never had so many Gertrude Jekyll blooms this late in the year.
This variety (yes, of course David Austin) is a repeat flowerer. But in our harsh climate I find there is the May and early June madness. Then a few come out in September. But they are quite fey.
This year it’s a bumper explosion. And it has lasted more than a month.
Better than earlier in Spring.
And I have no idea why. Did that wretched month of heatwave and drought force them into a frenzied season of blooming before they expire in winter?
Or did I just take good care to lob a bucket of water over each plant as I was so worried I would have nothing more than sticks?
Speaking of buckets.
The perfume is divine. And I have never been able to combine sedums with roses before.
Even the leaves look healthy.
If I’m cutting dahlias in this part of the potager I get the most fantastic waft of scent.
The tomato season may be coming to an end, but I think I have about two more weeks of this unexpected delight.
Now, off I go. I need to sneak these to Agnes while she is at lunch. Otherwise I might get invited to help with the chestnut sorting.
She only has about 30kgs to go.
26th October 2022 @ 8:34 pm
Epic chestnut sorting! It puts my exceptional walnut crop into perspective. As for the roses, I have a Gertrude Jekyll, transplanted last year, which has sulked all summer. Even the balmy and moist autumn hasn’t coaxed it into flowering generously. Next year perhaps. The scent is indeed divine. All the other roses are doing brilliantly at the moment. Last year we’d already had snow by now! A recent discovery for me has been Stanwell Perpetual. I wouldn’t be without it now.
26th October 2022 @ 9:28 pm
Now that is interesting, and sad. But I think of the transplants I did – and my New Dawn roses are still in a massive sulk since they transplanted. The Gerties have done well despite being moved three times now. I must admit there was Lavishing of Care when I moved them. Water galore. I must look up Stanwell Perpetual…..