Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Roses in December

Despite some light frosts, there hasn't been a hard freeze. Roses persisted into December as have some other pretties. These are my favorites, mid-December.



Sunny Knockout and a red leaf


From upper left: last Climbing Peace bud, tipped with red after a frost, red rose from a rootstock where the graft failed; Knockout, and Gene Boerner in the lower left corner.


A Sulphur on the last of Salvia leucantha
Sometimes I can't help myself and get off topic.



Belinda's Dream



... and a Preview of things to come this winter: Camellias!
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38 comments:

  1. See I knew if I shuffled over here in the corner, someone would post something legitimately wonderful to look at or think about... like the promise of Camellias.

    Is that really a rose called 'Belinda's Promise'? Must look it up for my cousin Belinda.

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  2. Oh scrummy, roses!!! That would just not happen here in N Ireland, no way. Your camellia looks so healthy and ready to burst with blooms - look forward to those photos too xxx

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  3. Hello Nell Jean,

    I think Peace roses are one of my top five favorites. Isn't it nice to live somewhere where you can have roses in December? I look forward to seeing your Camellias soon!

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  4. It certainly does not look like mid December in your garden!

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  5. It is just uplifting on a cold morning to look at someone else's garden where flowers are still blooming. Your roses are a delight.

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  6. Now is the time to pack for Georgia! Lovely blooms and I love your header photo too. Gorgeous photos. Carol

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  7. What gorgeous roses in your garden Nell Jean!

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  8. Yep, I still have blooming roses too. All the knockouts, pink, red, and Sunny are still producing flowers, just slower than during the summer. Mr. Lincoln and the fabled "Orange" rose are still blooming too.

    My camellias have lots of buds as well. We have had several hard freezes and lots of frosts. The roses just keep on going. If we got a little sun, it would help, I think.

    Lucky you still have butterflies. I haven't seen any in a while now.

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  9. How beautiful! I thoroughly enjoyed your beautiful roses and look forward to those delicious camellias. Have a grand day~gail

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  10. Beautiful! I love roses blooming in winter!

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  11. I envy your ability to still have roses in bloom in December. I look forward to seeing the Camellias.

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  12. NellJean, I am listening to the rain upon the roof and envisioning the ice melting in our pond. Your beautiful roses made my smile even broader. Thank you, Diana

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  13. Oh, it's wonderful seeing all these lovely blooms on a cold and gray day here in Illinois. "Belinda's Dream" is a beauty!

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  14. It's wonderful to know that somewhere, there are Roses in bloom. Your shot of 'Belinda's Dream' is gorgeous.

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  15. Hi Nell~~ I love your blooms. Roses in December are all the more beautiful because of their rarity.
    My hope lies with the camellia too.

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  16. I love the rose blooms, - the last couple of years, we've still had rose flowers in December, but last winter was very harsh, and no blooms left this year.

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  17. Love that salvia and the sulfur! I think it's good to get off topic.

    Happy bloom day!

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  18. Hi Nell. It is good to know that when I am buried in snow you will have flowers blooming for us.
    I really like the Belinda's Dream rose. The shape is so pretty.

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  19. I am also enjoying some late rose blooms, although a few have been freeze dried, but others are as fresh as April. Happy GBBD!

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  20. The roses are just beautiful! I had several that probably would've bloomed if we didn't get that arctic freeze last week. Belinda's Dream is so pretty!
    Can't wait to see your Camellias, mine won't bloom for awhile still.

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  21. I'm as surprised as the rest of you to have roses in December. We haven't had the killing frost that usually comes in late November. Our daily high temps go from 70s one day to 40s in a couple of days and back again, bringing out new growth.

    Thanks for coming to visit and for your Bloom Day Comments, every one of you.

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  22. Camellias! How exciting. And how wonderful to have roses this time of year.

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  23. Lucky you on two counts ~ still having roses and not having frost yet! I'm SO jealous. They're even more beautiful in December. Happy Bloom day.

    ps. Thanks for your comment about what might have happened with 'Elvas' ~ I will check into it. I like her so much, I want all the buds to bloom!

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  24. Belinda's Dream is lovely! My parents had two Peace roses. They had one for a couple years that never bloomed. Then they planted another beside it, and they both bloomed beautifully ever after. My mom said the first one was waiting for its mate.

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  25. Belinda's Dream is lovely! My parents had two Peace roses. They had one for a couple years that never bloomed. Then they planted another beside it, and they both bloomed beautifully ever after. My mom said the first one was waiting for its mate.

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  26. I can almost smell roses after seeing your lovely flowers.

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  27. We might get roses in December, but they looked awfully silly blooming with the snow on them.

    Actually although we are supposed to be a temperate part of the world, it has been cold winters lately.

    And our roses should have been fed some 0-0-50 in late September to put them to bed. Those gardeners around here that don't do that, soon find their canes split open from the freezing temperatures.

    If this is global warming, I don't want to see what global freezing would have been like.

    Jen

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  28. Nell Jean, your roses look a heck of a lot better than mine! Yesterday's rain has turned them into a soggy mess. I was counting on them for bloom day but only a couple were able to oblige.

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  29. I love the Belinda's Dream rose and how it hangs down to be appreciated in ways more upright roses don't permit.

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  30. Hi Nell, mu experience is that shrubs that have been around for so long like roses and camellias are actually very tough. I also had never come across Belinda's Dream, I don't know Belinda but it is really dreamy! Cheers, catmint.

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  31. I love seeing roses in December! We don't have very many of them this year because of the awful rainy fall we had. I also miss seeing the sulphur butterflies on my Mexican Sage (mine's frozen now), so it's nice to see yours here!

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  32. Hiya Nell Jean,
    I came for Bloomday but liked your voting box very much too.
    I'll have one of those late roses, you won't miss one will you?
    Your Christmas Card is HERE

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  33. Don't you just love Bloom Day? I haven't found anybody who didn't find something blooming, somewhere. It reminds us to look all around for what we might possibly miss when the weather isn't nice.

    Thank you, everybody who takes part in the poll. My surveys are meant to be fun, a chance to see what we're blogging.

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  34. I am so jealous! I have no outside blooms this time of year, I just have to gaze at others and dream:-) Your roses are beautiful!

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  35. I marvel at the fact that so many roses continue to bloom into December. Your roses are very pretty.

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