Welcome to my zone 9 garden. My roots are deeply planted in the sandy soil of sub-tropical central Florida, where the summers are long and hot, but the rest of the year is paradise!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

My Favorites...this month!

There's one plant in particular that thrives in autumn --- the rose.
The milder temperatures produce a bounty of large, sweet-smelling blossoms. So, this month I'm keeping it simple, and featuring only the roses in my garden as my favorites.

A mix of modern shrub and antique varieties

What simple but extraordinary beauty!


Belinda's Dream

With a grateful heart I give thanks for all my blessings, and I wish each of you a wonderful day spent with family and friends.

If you'd like to join me in posting your favorites for the month, please do...they don't have to be in collage form...but do leave a comment, so I can drop by and see your favorites.


FlowerLady said...

Susan ~ The roses certainly are doing well at this time of year that's for sure. Do you have Vincent Godsiff in your top collage?

You have some real beauties.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.


NanaK said...

Oh my, gorgeous roses, Susan. What is that yellow one in the upper left corner?

My favorites will be posted tomorrow morning. Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Rainforest Gardener said...

Beautiful rose pics! One day when I have my own garden I'll keep a section for more traditional looking plants like roses... mine hasn't bloomed yet but its gotten pretty sturdy and healthy so it will have the energy to bloom its head off next year! It's a... double colored something. I forgot the name. :(

Rainforest Gardener said...

Oh by the way, I posted my favorites just a second ago too!

Susan said...

Hi Flowerlady...Yes, Vincent Godsiff is the pink rose located smack in the center of the collage. A wonderful bloomer! Hope you had an enjoyable Thanksgiving.

Hi Kay...The pretty yellow rose is a knock-out rose. It's not as much a knock-out as the original one, but is pretty in its own right.

Hi Steve...I look forward to looking at your favorites. Thanks for joining in.

Meems said...

What beautiful roses and collages, Susan.

I'm seeing them come alive everywhere with these cooler temps.

I hope you and your family had a lovely and happy Thanksgiving.

Ami said...

Susan: I joined you a little late :)

Wow, I envy your roses so much! I lost three tea roses over the summer heat. The remaining started blooming more in our cool weather.

Recently, I saw one rose marked as "Belinda's dream" in a local nursery. Since I knew the flower is soft pink, but the plant only has the deep pink buds. The owner said he is not very sure, and he only can go with the label. I should go back to check again. If it is true "BD", I will definitely bring her home! I saw from your picture, the bud does look more deep pink, maybe that was the true "BD"?? Could you confirm the BD's bud color for me?


Floridagirl said...

Love your roses, Susan! And so true...they do look so much better in cooler temps. I only have knockouts, drift roses (which always look iffy), cracker roses, and a single, own-root 'Julia Child.' I very much need to visit a rose nursery, which do not exist in my neck of the woods, as far as I know. I especially want that Belinda's Dream!

Sorry to join the meme late, but I have posted my faves today: http://gardeninpeace.blogspot.com/2010/11/november-stars.html.

Susan said...

Meems...I hope you had an enjoyable Thanksgiving, as well.

Hi Ami...The modern shrubs and the antique varieties are the easiest in my opinion. They are a lot less work and they can take the heat. Yes, the bud on Belinda's Dream is definitely a darker pink than the open flower. It is a wonderful rose...good bloomer, bushy bush and no blackspot. Grab it! ;-)

Hi FloridaGirl...Glad you were able to join in. I'll be right over to see your faves. Stop by Peterson's Nursery in April (right before Valentine's Day) to check out their LARGE selection.

Kimberly said...

Susan, I'm amazed at your many rose blooms...so beautiful!

I hadn't had a chance to thank you for the seeds...in the process of moving and looking forward to planting them in my new garden!! Your seeds have been a big boost for me as I'm leaving my garden...they have given me hope and bright thoughts of a beautiful new space to create and enjoy! I really can't thank you enough..you have no idea of the impact of your gift! Thank you so much!!

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Wonderful rose mosaics! Sorry I missed this originally!

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