Regardless of the weather some plants in my garden just are determined to bloom no matter what. The bud on this rose has been growing steadily for the past couple of weeks. You can see here what it looked like on November 9th. The pinkish red on the outer edges is falling away revealing a pure yellow center. I’m curious to see what she’ll look like when she opens. Hopefully the frost doesn’t damage it before it does.
While my other Clematis are long since spent, NIobe just keeps on pushing out new blooms that gradually fade to this purple. The reddish stripe is just a hint at her original red velvet shade. Even the frost melting on her petals doesn’t discourage the flowers. You can just see the Knockout rose in the background. Another reliable bloomer in my garden from May till the first or second hard frost of winter.
Another prolific rose this season is ‘Peace’. This was an existing bush when we purchased the house back in 1997. She has really shined in 2008. The summer was hard on the foliage with the drought, but she bounced back this fall like it was no big deal. This is one of 3 buds starting to unfurl. Winter is here, but some diehards are lingering in the garden. Come rain or shine!