It is Mid-May, and in a normal year there would be buds on the roses by now. But only buds. This is not a normal year.
The garden roses were opening slowly, a good three weeks ahead of what is normal here in Northern Nevada. But now several days of hotter weather have brought on an explosion of color and fragrance. And the late, the always late gardener is still frantically pruning out the dead wood.
‘The golden ‘Autumn Sunset’ has burst into bloom, and though the ‘Europeana’ is starting to open, the next photo shows how far it is from full bloom.
Here is this area from a different direction. The dog is fenced in because otherwise she takes herself off exploring.
Over on the other side of the garden the early bloomer ‘Priscilla Burton’ is a back drop for other roses now starting their show.
Moving in a little closer, one can see the lavender of ‘Excellenz Von Schubert’ tucked in behind ‘the light yellow of ‘Thisbe’.
‘Sally Holmes’ responded to the heat by going from a few open blooms to a gorgeous display.
Moving down the hill, the shade cloth on the gazebo has been unrolled and tied. With temperatures now reaching 90 degrees, a shady spot is a necessity.
A closer view
Sitting in the shade
And father down the hill, the Canadian Explorers
Imagine this – the bloom is underway, but not yet at peak.
Happily, our weather will cool back down now to more normal late spring temperatures. We can use a little deceleration, a slowing of this crazy rampage. Let the pleasure last.