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Roses in August

Roses in August, a visit to my rose garden at the height of summer.

Golden Celebration
Augusts Roses, FlowerPatchFarmhouse.com (12 of 41)I know many are sweltering away in the August heat and can’t wait for Fall to begin so they can return to more comfy temps.  We on the other had have been enjoying the mid 80’s with the nights cooling down to the upper 50’s.
Maybe that is why I can enjoy summer so much when others are just ready for it to be over.
Petal Pusher (ground cover rose)
Augusts Roses, FlowerPatchFarmhouse.com (8 of 41)We have had a couple weeks of 90s and low 100’s but it has been broken up with a week of lower temps so really we only get a few hot days in a row at a time.  One day I am heading to the garden at first light in a tank top the next I have to toss on a sweatshirt to be comfy.
In the mountains you have to be ready for anything when it comes to weather.
Queen of Sweden
Augusts Roses, FlowerPatchFarmhouse.com (4 of 41)My roses have just been flourishing this year.  I am surprised.
We have been watering with our gray water (bathtub, shower and sink water) and I thought the soaps, shampoos and conditioner we use would somehow affect them negatively.
Augusts Roses, FlowerPatchFarmhouse.com (6 of 41)But it seems to have had quite the opposite effect.  My roses have never been better.
Once the rainy season starts I will no longer use the gray water and whatever salts that may have accumulated from the different products will get filtered away.  Our neighbor down the street also uses grey water exclusively for his outdoor watering and his yard looks gorgeous too.
Graham Thomas
Augusts Roses, FlowerPatchFarmhouse.com (9 of 41)Most of my roses are David Austin English Roses. I just love them and they seem to thrive in our climate.  I don’t treat with insecticides and I have not needed to use any fungicides either.
Darcey Bussell
Augusts Roses, FlowerPatchFarmhouse.com (20 of 41)Even one I have on a hillside that is completely neglected and has received NO water at all this summer is thriving and blooming like crazy for me.
Sceptre’d Isle
Sceptre'd IsleI had taken this photo with my iPhone for Instagram so that is why it is square and not rectangular like the rest.  Just look at that color.  You can see a hint of the yellow that is in the very center of the blooms in the foremost rose.  I need to get an even better photo of it open more so I can attempt to paint them.
This rose had about 10 blooms on it when I took this shot.  Remember this has had no water all summer.
Alba Meidiland
Alba MeidilandI was given the name of this beauty.  Alba Meidiland, a ground cover rose that is a workhorse of a bloomer and grower.  It produces these sprays of mini roses all summer long, it blooms and blooms and blooms.  You can keep it small or you can let it ramble, it produces long canes that can stretch along the ground.  I think I will train it as a low hedge around parts of my Secret Garden.
I have many more roses but I will end this here with a shot of the bucket I filled with sedums and sempervivum for a miniature garden but some did so well they are about to overtake the rest. So time to redo this tub!
Succulents in a galvanized tubYou can’t even see the Sempervivums at all.  This purple sedum is so vigorous and lovely, I will find a good spot for it where it can grow all it wants.  I can’t remember the name of it right now but I saved the marker for it and will let you know soon.
I wish you all moderate weather with comfy temps and Happy Gardening!

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Peggy

Saturday 15th of August 2015

Your David Austin roses are beautiful! The sedum and Sempervivums are doing so much better then mine. I am still trying to rescue some Hens and Chicks my sister gave me. I just do not have the touch. We have had some cooler temperatures -- nineties with some much needed rain. It has been wonderful to see the prairies so green this late in the summer. I hope we have a little more summer.

Pamela

Saturday 15th of August 2015

I am all for more summer here too. There is so much I want to get done in the garden before winter hits. I am always prepping for next year. :) I am so new to succulents that I am surprised how they have done well for me.

Nancy Humphreys

Friday 14th of August 2015

Lovely roses Pamela. I love them but have never had much success with them. Longwood Gardens has such a beautiful array of them, too, so I enjoy theirs when I'm there. Won't it be lovely when we can fill the earth with such beauty and the ground won't work against us? It would seem that the grey water agrees with the roses well. Beautiful ❤️

Pamela

Friday 14th of August 2015

I can't wait to spend the majority of my times beautifying the earth and feel great while doing it! And so much more. I am just catching up a bit before heading to bed, we just got in from our working trip and I am ready to hit the hay. I want to go see your hummingbird post. I intend to enjoy it with my morning coffee. :)

Ginene Nagel

Friday 14th of August 2015

What could possibly be more beautiful and soft and scented. You must be a very good gardener, Pamela. But I knew that already! It was 108 on the south side of my building today at noon. That is in northern Illinois! That is why cold orange juice tastes so good this afternoon. Ginene

Pamela

Friday 14th of August 2015

Yikes, we just got home tonight from Southwestern Oregon and it was running 108 this past week with the nights only getting down to the 80's. I am so accustomed to getting cool nights that I can see why folks wish for the return of cooler temps of Fall if they must endure much of that. Our highs here can get into the 90's but not for long, we typically get mid to upper 80's for highs with 50's to low 60's at night. But that is what I love about where I live, our climate is very moderate compared to other spots around the country. Our winter lows are in the 30's most of the time. Compared to below 0 temps with wind chills etc the 30's are a cake walk. :)

Dawn

Friday 14th of August 2015

Your roses are perfect, the winter took a tole on mine and I lost all my knockout roses :( I will just have to enjoy yours for now. We also have nice temps here, Im not a hot weather girl so I like the feeling of fall in the air.

Pamela

Friday 14th of August 2015

I am sorry but I know the feeling back in 2010 we had a freak early freeze and I lost the majority of my roses to the tune of about 30 or more. It was not a good year. We don't really get much heat here, a week or two up in the 90's with most days in the upper 80's, but we almost always have cool nights down to the low 60's and 50's so you get a break. We just returned from an area today that it ran 108 all week with it only getting down to the 80's at night. It was not pleasant at all.

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