The Last Rose Of Summer

Roses

The cool days of October caused my husband’s Sunset rose-bush to thrive in a late-season burst of spontaneous blooms.  It is advantageously planted at the front porch entrance, regaling everyone who visits with a showy bouquet.  The colors were especially spectacular, ranging from sunny yellow centers to peachy-rose tipped outer leaves.  We marveled at the over thirty blossoms with more buds coming on.  The display was like a kaleidoscope of  sunny apricot to pink tones.

As October turned wet and frost was more frequent, the decision to prune and mulch the plant for winter became inevitable.  Butch put it off as long as possible, dreading the moment of official termination.  I reasoned we could ease the pain by enjoying the cut blooms inside.  He called me when the job was done to come rescue the pruned flowers from a pile of thorny branches.  When the firmest blooms were rescued, I filled two vases, feeling lavishly blessed.  The heady scent of roses now fills the great room.   With any luck, I may be able to dry some of the heads when they begin to wilt…preserving them into yet another dimension.

About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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