Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Last Roses

'John Cabot' is now sadly but a summer memory.

One would hardly say that roses are a tour de force in the garden at the moment. In fact, they are small, scattered pockets of 'pretty'. The flowers are imperfect and a sometimes even a bit spotty, but hey, I'll take them warts and all! 

Usually, a frost would have carried off the last of the roses by now. So fresh roses at this time of year are a treat and I treasure every one!

 I planted 'Carefree Beauty' by the front door, because I knew I would have to walk by it frequently.

This is just one of those little miniatures you often see at the grocery store. The blooms are teeny, tiny jewels at the foot of a big, hulking hosta.

I can't resist bringing a few blooms indoors.

Many of the roses inside the picket fence have performed poorly this summer, because they have become crowded by more aggressive perennials. In the spring, I will have to liberate them, if I don't want to lose them altogether.

For fun added a rose themed quote on top of this picture of a David Austin rose called 'L.D. Braithwaite':

"I once had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalogue: no good in bed, but fine up against a wall." Eleanor Roosevelt.

Here are a few other things she had to say:

"Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people."

"Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't possibly live long enough to make them all yourself."

"A woman is like a tea bag-you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water."

I have a feeling that Eleanor was quite an interesting character. I would have liked to meet her.

David Austin's 'The Mary Rose' has also re-bloomed.

I have lost the name of this red rose.

The 'Fairy' roses are still doing well in front of the white picket fence.

Just this morning as I was rushing out the door, I noticed that 'Marjorie Fair' has fresh flowers. Perhaps these aren't the last of the roses then...

I am also going to link to Lisa Gordon's Creative Exchange. There are always amazing photographs to be found on Lisa's blog, so check them out by clicking the link.

I am also going to link to Tina's Tuesday's Around the World. To take a glimpse into other blogger's Tuesday's, please click the link.

On Friday, I am going to link to Fertilizer Friday at Tootsie Time. To see other beautiful gardens, please click the link.

I will also link to Photo Art Friday. With the exception of the first image, all the images make use of textural layers. The crackle effect is created using a texture that I made by photographing a piece of furniture. The antique cupboard had a beautiful cracked paint surface that I stepped to create a crackle texture. You can see the cupboard and texture in this older post.
To see some other amazing digital artwork, please click the link: Photo Art Friday.


  1. Every time I see your pics I think that I REALLY must learn how to use textures better, it looks so beautiful when executed well like with your pics. :-)

  2. So many good ideas in these posts - am gobsmacked about the nut wizard and love the idea of adding the wee cabbages to the pots. Thanks so much for the offer of assistance with the new Mac - I'm learning to love it too. I'm madly making smart folders and categorizing my files - nice to have so many photos - even better if you can find them! I adore your upside-down red rose - let's hope this mild weather continues at least for a few more weeks.

  3. Hello Jennifer,
    What a beautiful shot of your last roses. Are you drying roses to?
    Have a lovely week

  4. Jennifer, these are amazing photographs, and trying to pick a favorite is nearly impossible, so I think I'll settle for all of them!! We still have a few roses here also because it has been a mild autumn so far, but even the ones that are past their prime are really still quite beautiful.

    Thank you so much for sharing all of these wonderful photographs at The Creative Exchange.

    Have a wonderful day!


  5. What an amazing array of roses you have, even if they're only as you say in small pockets. I particularly like your water droplet photos on the 2nd rose & the minature rose. Really effective use of textures, something i'm still learning and no where near mastering when i see work like you've done here - just lovely. My favourite favourites are your last 2 shots - how beautiful are they! Your perspective on both really make them stand out, the last one definitely needs to go on a large poster for flower & plants specialist stores to advertise that particular flower. Hilarious quote from eleanor roosevelt about the review of her rose!

  6. Gorgeous images of beautiful Roses!

  7. I loved the quotes. She certainly seems to have been a wise woman with a good sense of humour. Your pictures are always so beautiful. Each one would look good framed.

  8. I adored the beautiful selection of your roses, but.. almost as much, the Eleanor quotes. She must have been amazing...seems I read a bio on her years ago. Must make more of an effort to get a few more roses. They struggle here as you likely know, and this year was so hard on them.

    Oh must tell you, a chipmunk has been coming the last three nights, climbing the Rosa Glauca and eating the hips..a true acrobat. Never saw that before! Hard to get a pix though.

  9. Beautiful shots of the roses. I have never been able to keep the names straight other than the ones we have. When I lived in Houston I went and bought one of almost every color and planted them along my fence. I used to know the names and they were so much fun to prune and take care of. I used to bring the blooms inside all the time. There was one in particular that looked like deep red velvet and was so aromatic. They are all so pretty it is hard to decide which one I like the best! How much fun for you to have them all. I miss having them in the back and sitting out there in the sun pruning them. Beautiful. Great quotes by the way- thanks for sharing.

  10. You have so many varieties of roses in your garden! Your excellent photos show off their beauty.

  11. Enjoy your roses for as long as you can! Love 'The Fairy'. I don't have that one, but it's on my list! And I agree that Carefree Beauty is a good one to put where you will see it often. I love its big, loose blooms. Great quotes!

  12. Beautiful, beautiful roses! Your garden must smell heavenly. Love the quotes by Eleanor Roosevelt--the first one made me laugh:) Yes, I think she must have been quite a lady.

  13. beautiful roses - what a green thumb. I love your use of texture in the photos!

  14. They are superbly gorgeous!!! You chose the textures well but I am sure they would have looked great without those textures too. The last 2 are my favorites although they are all beautiful.

  15. I love how the top rose is the same color as your header--striking. Eleanor Roosevelt was a very smart lady. I try to follow her advice and stick to ideas rather than people. Your roses are something I would be proud of if they were at their height--it's funny you say they are not a tour de force right now. I answered your invasive question on my blog. Corydalis lutea in your photo reminds me that gardeners often call it invasive, but to me it's not because, although it seeds around a lot, you can remove it easily

  16. Love your photos and textures! So inspiring and peaceful!! I am so grateful that I stopped by.

  17. So many beautiful roses! Love your first photo and the last two best. I know what you mean about having difficulty photographing red, so hard to capture the true colour in a photo.

  18. Absolutely gorgeous post! Loved the photos and wise words as well!

  19. Beautiful !!! Al of them . Love your textures an your small bouquets . I don't write much but I admire a lot ...
    Have a nice day, Jennifer .

  20. I think I need to plant more roses. Loved my Fairy Rose in Virginia, sorry I didn't bring her with me!
    Those quotes are a riot! Up against the wall indeed!

  21. Miło patrzeć na Twoje jeszcze kwitnące róże, moje niestety już zmarzły :-(. Pozdrawiam

  22. Beautiful pictures as always. It is rare to be able to enjoy the roses here this late too. I will enjoy them until the frosts take them.

  23. Jennifer,

    You are making me go out and pick my last big roses, Carefree Beauty, Cinco De Mayo, Pink Promise and Mary Rose. The Knockouts I will leave to wither on the stems.


  24. those are beyond beautiful!

    it's really hard to pick my favourite.
    great blooms!

    visiting via the creative exchange

  25. Very beautiful roses and you have done good work with them.

  26. Beautiful photos..she also said, No one can intimidate you without your permission. This is one I constantly tell my children.

  27. Visiting from "Photo Art Friday"....WOW!!!! Yep, that about sums it up :)


  28. Your roses are gorgeous. Wish mine looked like these.

  29. So many beautiful roses! Lovely pictures:)

  30. Very beautiful shots, and gorgeous roses.I particularly like the last shot, the texture work is wonderful . . . Teresa x

  31. I am so lucky to have such a great group of gardeners to share with...thank you so much for linking into my little party today...I look forward to many more posts as wonderful as this from you!!!
    I hope your week/weekend is just what you hoped it would be!!!
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