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It’s inevitable. Nothing prevents the arrival of cold weather finishing off another gardening season. As daylight diminishes and temperatures steadily decline, our bushes produce smaller and fewer blooms, but I’m appreciative of anything they have to offer.


Here are some photos of our hardy ever-blooming roses — the final blooms of the season.

Playboy is a showy floribunda giving us clusters of scarlet and gold throughout the summer. I was a bit surprised to find this spray a few days ago as Playboy usually shuts down by late October. (See photo above) The colors are a bit more saturated and deeper than blooms earlier in the season due to less sunlight and cooler temps. This was an unexpected bonus.



Rina Hugo

Rina Hugo: what a season she had! This hybrid tea, hybridized in 1993, is a deep saturated pink and has given us flowers with perfect hybrid tea form — each bloom on the end of a long, sturdy cane.


Rina Hugo (August Bloom)

Earlier in August, while our  Rina Hugo was amid a great second bloom, I cut some and put them in a vase.  A few days ago, Rina was well into her third bloom cycle on robust 24” canes.


What can I say about Campfire? (Photo below) This shrub keeps on blooming with its ever-changing palette of color. It’s not an exhibition rose by any means, but it’s a 10 as a garden rose adding color and interest in the garden up to first frost. This is the third season with Campfire and it has more than lived up to its reputation as a prolific, colorful bloomer on a highly disease resistant bush with an obedient growth habit — an unusual  combination of desirable characteristics found in a single variety.



Another late bloomer is Lady Elsie May. Like Campfire, it is extremely disease resistant and with its orange-pink flowers against glossy — very glossy — dark green foliage, it’s a delight to have in the garden.


Lady Elsie May

Then there’s Julia Child. From both my kitchen and studio window, I enjoy Julia’s blooms almost every day. She typically doesn’t have a lot of blooms this late in the season, but each one is perfection. I’m still enthralled by Julia’s form and color and her anise fragrance is an added bonus.

4 Julia-Child

Julia Child

When I was walking through the garden taking pictures, I had a pleasant surprise. Pretty Lady, a rose bush I can’t see from any windows in our home, had given us a perfectly lovely, soft pink rose, surrounded by buds ready to open — if this unusually warm weather continues.


Pretty Lady

So even though old man Winter is lurking around the corner, our roses are maintaining their domain as Queens and Kings of our garden.


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June-Bloom - Chute's GardenA few weeks ago I wrote about our “First Blooms” while waiting with anticipation for this season’s June Bloom. Despite all worries concerning our unusually cold and wet spring, our roses bloomed “on time” (on or about June 17) and provided us with a spectacular display of color as well as plenty of possible entries for our RI Rose Society Rose Show.

Gathering roses for the show was not without some drama, though, with torrential downpours arriving in the afternoon and continuing throughout the evening before the Rose Show.  Luckily, we had plenty of roses to exhibit, having cut stems on the morning before the rain began.


Grooming Roses at Rose Show

Participating in a Rose Show is another way to share our love of roses with other gardeners and is our primary outreach to the public. Here are some photos of our roses that made it to the Head Table.



Graham Thomas – Best of Class Shrub English Box


Passionate Kisses – Best Floribunda Spray


Earth Song – Best Grandiflora Spray


Dublin – Court of Honor

After the rose show was over, I spent the next two weeks wandering through our rose gardens and taking photos, not only as the garden peaked, but also as the June bloom slowly went by. This is when I get the best new photos to use in our PowerPoint lectures as well as here in our blog and our quarterly e-newsletter, The Northeast Rose Gardener.



Champagne Wishes

We add and subtract varieties each season to keep the gardens fresh and interesting. One new rose we planted this year is the Easy Elegance rose, Champagne Wishes.

It looked even better in person than in the catalogue photos and is a lovely, creamy white rose with double blooms that stand out sharply against dark green foliage.





Rhode Island Red

Our 21-year-old Rhode Island Red climber — which makes up part of one “wall” of our garden room — had an excellent recovery after very hard spring pruning and produced a bush full of heavy clusters of dark red roses. As I write this, RI Red is shooting out long heavy new canes justifying the dramatic haircut that Mike administered in April.


Clair Matin

On our other “wall” climbs Clair Matin, who blooms a week earlier than the rest of the garden and also finishes earlier. Clair produced an amazing display this season and, like RI Red, is reloading now for another bloom cycle in August.


Graham Thomas

Standing alone in the center of our garden is the Grand Duke of the garden, Graham Thomas, which has fully recovered from 2016 winter damage, and is back to producing almost unlimited clusters of long, arching, buttery yellow sprays with fresh blooms opening over night.



Somewhat hidden by the size of Graham Thomas is our Playboy rose, a fickle floribunda with a radioactive combination of scarlet and gold flowers.  I was able to catch a photo of one of its sprays at its peak. Note the glossy, dark green foliage.


American Beauty

We had a few roses that really went crazy this season, dazzling us with their floriferousness. One is American Beauty, a hybrid perpetual that traditionally is a bit stingy with its roses. As you can see in the photo, though, this year it gave us spray after spray of fragrant blooms. For a rose that is supposedly a bit tender for our New England climate, I’ve concluded that this old garden rose is more than happy in its spot in the garden where it is nestled in between two modern, hardy roses.

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The McCartney Rose

Another rose that outperformed itself this year is The McCartney Rose. Even more fragrant than American Beauty, The McCartney Rose threw out long sprays of delicate pink roses. The blooms don’t have the greatest form for a hybrid tea, but its saturated color and intense old rose fragrance more than make up for its casual form.

Passion-Kisses-Bowl A. Chute

Passionate Kisses

Passionate Kisses, besides being a prolific bloomer and good exhibition rose, creates a very nice display of floating blooms. Here is a photo of blooms 5 days old.

Chute GardenIt’s hard to capture the beauty of a rose garden through pictures, but since the June Bloom comes around only once a year, photographs will have to do — until next year.

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Pumpkin-RosesHere in Rhode Island, fall is in the air. The leaves are turning color, the nights are getting colder, and … we have roses blooming in the garden! Both September and October have been warmer than average this year and that is the reason why our garden is having a larger, longer, and more colorful third bloom cycle. Playgirl, along with varieties such as Good as Gold, Passionate Kisses and My Girl, has been blooming late into the season.



With Halloween right around the corner, pumpkins are the decoration of choice and pumpkins can also be a way to uniquely display roses in the fall. Rather than let the roses sit on the bushes, we decided to buy a pumpkin and fill it with roses.
We had a good selection of roses for the pumpkin but my favorite was Playgirl, a floribunda hybridized in the United States by Ralph Moore in 1986. It blooms in clusters on short stems and once it starts blooming, nothing seems to stop it. With only 5-12 petals, it still has eye-catching appeal because of its deeply saturated medium pink color and bright yellow stamens that create a stunning contrast. Playgirl is a fairly new addition to our garden and is not readily available in our area, so Mike ordered it on-line. It’s given us spray after spray of 3-5 roses each, repeats quickly, and is shade tolerant.



Playboy, the seed parent of Playgirl, has been in our garden for years. It was introduced in 1976 and hybridized by Scotland’s Alex Crocker. Playboy, like Playgirl, is a single rose, but unlike the pink flowers of Playgirl, its color is a combination of oranges, golds and scarlet. At a certain stage of bloom, there is nothing as beautiful as a spray of Playboy. It likes a little shade in the afternoon but, unfortunately, wasn’t in bloom at the time I filled my pumpkin “vase.”

Day Breaker

Day Breaker

There are other ways to enjoy roses besides a vase or pumpkin. I place blooms in a bird bath – it’s a way to have roses in my kitchen garden where it’s too shady to grow roses. I like to place roses in decorative bowls filled with water on the dining room or coffee tables. Sometimes I use just one rose or gather several roses to place in larger bowls. To get the same size flowers, we use the terminal bud, the bud in the middle of the spray that opens first. This is the method we use when entering English Boxes in the rose show in June. We find that Graham Thomas, Day Breaker and Rainbow Sorbet have perfect form to be entered in English Box classes.

English Box with Day Breaker Roses

English Box with Day Breaker Roses

Now that the season is almost over, soon the autumn leaves will have fallen and we will have enjoyed our last roses of the season. While I think I will remember everything that takes place every year in our garden, keeping a Gardening Journal is the only way I can be certain I won’t forget. That’s why Mike and I are now in the process of publishing our next book, a journal for rose gardeners that will be available early next year. What a great way to keep track of all the events that happen each season in our New England garden.

Cherry Parfait

Cherry Parfait

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