I am amazed that I am using roses again today. We had a bout of near-record high heat (for this time of year) for about a week, with temperatures suddenly shooting up to around 100 F/38 C after a rather short spring. While there will be much higher temperatures as the summer goes on, it was the rapid rise that left me and the garden breathless and wondering what would happen next. The roses, in particular, were not a bit happy with the situation.
Fortunately, we have got a reprieve this week, with more seasonal highs in the upper eighties. I am hoping this will give the garden a chance to better adjust before things get really hot again! I need to make the most of the time by making sure everything is well-mulched, but today it is time for Cathy's In a Vase on Monday
Although I did already lose some of this year's rose blossom to the heat, a number of the most reliable bushes are still blooming. The most nonchalant is 'Wollerton Old Hall', which has the advantage of a half day's shade and the adjacent concrete patio floor to hold a little extra moisture near its roots. It was happy to supply handfuls of flowers for today's vase.
I was able to add a flower from 'The Alnwick Rose' despite the fact that quite a few were crisped last week. It is a substantial shrub now, and it needed extra moisture while putting out all that bloom! But it looks like there are more buds to come. so all is not lost.
And there is a flower from 'The Generous Gardener', one of the prettiest roses to my eye, though I've never quite been able to catch that beauty with my camera. Not this time certainly, as the bloom is less than perfect, but I still wanted to display its peony-form spreading open to a golden center.
There are also the miniature roses, lavender-colored...
...and pale pink.
I like to combine the various sizes of roses.
They are just as pretty up close.
Then I added a few sprigs snatched here and there around the garden.
There is Salvia 'Summer Jewels'...
...along with a stray stem of Lavandula x intermedia...
...and a cluster of Asclepias subulata.
The Asclepias on its long stem supplies a starburst at the top of the bouquet.
Snippings of foliage include gray-leaved Leucophyllum pruinosum 'Sierra Bouquet' and trimmings from the rootstock of the apricot tree.
So it was a bountiful supply of roses after all!
Have a lovely new week!
Weather Diary: Fair; High: 90 F (32 C)/Low: 68 F (20 C); Humidity: 11%-45%