The Last Roses Of The Season With A Hint Of Shakespeare

“What’s in a name?
That which we call a rose,
By any other name would smell as sweet.”

~ Romeo and Juliet

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The other morning I gave the shrub roses their last trim of the season.  Even though the calendar says it’s fall, these bushes are officially ready for winter.

Most of the roses were faded and falling apart, but a few flowers were still buds or starting to bloom.

I saved the healthy stragglers, putting them together in a casual bouquet in a vase on the kitchen counter.

Later I noticed that the sun, shining through the window, made the water sparkle and the colors pop, leaving me with one last glimpse of summer’s beauty, while waiting for winter to arrive.

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“Light, seeking light, doth light of light beguile;
So ere you find where light in darkness lies,
Your light grows dark by losing of your eyes.”

~ Love’s Labor’s Lost

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Ally Bean

Observant. Creative. Humorous. Adaptable. Happy enough. Looking for the crumb of truth in the cookie of life.

45 thoughts on “The Last Roses Of The Season With A Hint Of Shakespeare”

  1. What a delight to see Ally. While I’m pretty much a lover of all flowers, roses, especially shrub and cottages roses, have a very special place in my heart. And then toss in some Shakespeare and you’ve pretty much guaranteed a fabulous start to my day. Wishing you a wonderful day as well!

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  2. I looked at my knockout roses this week and decided to give them a pass. They are still producing buds and flowers. I’ll trim in late winter unless we get a hard frost anytime soon. Your bouquet is just beautiful. I love roses and sometimes buy myself a bunch.

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    1. Kate, our knockout bushes are all flowered out. It hasn’t been really cold here yet, but they all seem to have decided that they’re finished for the year. The way of the rose is a mystery to us all.

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  3. My roses are blooming and budding here in the southern hemisphere! They are such a delight! We trim/prune them severely at the end of July … the photos are lovely! Have a great weekend AB 🙂

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    1. Susan, one of the aspects of blogging that I enjoy is that I’ve come to appreciate how similar/opposite the northern and southern hemispheres are. I knew this rationally, but it’s only been via blogging that I’ve come to understand it spiritually. Enjoy your spring/summer– and all your pretty roses.

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  4. I have roses that are still blooming a bit, but what surprised me this year was the long life of those summer impatiens…still going strong. Strange, warm autumn here in PA.

    Roses + Will…make for a sweet post.

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  5. Love your little bouquet. Perfect, and beautiful in your vase with the light shining on them. We have a row of Camelia bushes that bloom bright pink rose like flowers in early December. I always clip off some to bring inside.

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    1. Beth, camelia flowers sound so exotic. I like flowers from the garden inside the house, but these will be the last ones until next spring. They’re cute in their own casual way.

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    1. Christie, thank you. These particular roses lend themselves to pics. I think if they could manage it they’d take selfies! Happy to know that they added color to your day.

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  6. I love those two tone roses! I can’t grow them, but I enjoy going to rose gardens where I sniff most of the different colored blooms. Some have no scent, others are very strongly rose, or spicy or delicate. I thought roses would all smell the same, but I was SO wrong!

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    1. Margaret, these knockout roses that I photographed are hardy little bushes. They seem to thrive on neglect, yet have the prettiest little flowers. I was surprised to learn about the differences in rose scents, too. The things we learn!

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  7. I sure wasn’t expecting to read any Shakespeare when I set out to catch up on my blogs this morning. Now you have me wondering if ol’ Billy had been born 400 years later, would I follow a blog he wrote? Probably not since he bored me to death in high school. To read, or not to read. That is the question….

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    1. evilsquirrel13, I do what I can to improve your mind by re-introducing you to Willy Shakes. I’d read his blog now. But I loved Shakespeare in high school and in college so no big surprise. The wisdom of the world is in his words…

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  8. Loverly! I have a rose bush at the corner of my house, which methinks has just wrapped up for the season. But we haven’t had a hard frost yet, so who knows? My beach roses and wild roses are done for the year though. They never last as long as this other variety.

    The pic with the light shining on them is very pretty!

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    1. Kate, I find roses intriguing. I like the more natural or wild varieties the most, but formal long-stem roses have a place in my heart, too. Sometimes I forget about how pretty our roses can be, so I posted this in order for me to remember– and to share with other people, too.

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