Is winter coming? You would never know it looking at my perennial gardens, especially the roses. Although my calendar says we are approaching mid November and we have been experiencing a bit of cold weather including snow flurries, I am still enjoying plenty of blooms!
My magnolia tree (top left) thinks it is spring; it usually produces these buds first thing in spring before the leaves arrive on the tree. You can see in the picture that the buds are swollen even though the leaves are dead and ready to fall off, a sign of fall and not spring. That magnolia tree actually bloomed three times this summer with all of the temperature fluctuations we experienced.
My many roses, including the shrub, climbing, miniature and bush roses are still producing buds and some look like they are in full bloom.
With the warmer temperatures this past week, especially last Tuesday, (see my previous article Weather ) I had hoped that the rose buds would develop further into gorgeous flowers, but it did not happen.
Although these blooms have brightened up the landscape this past month, it is time to snip off the buds on the roses so their strength will go to the roots for the cold winter!