Friday, July 9, 2010

Flowers on Friday ... Despite the Heat

No matter where you live, if you follow any blogs that are based in the eastern United States, you have heard that we are experiencing temperatures this week that have approached, and some days exceeded, 100 degrees (that's 37+ for our friends who use the Celsius scale).  Despite the heat, and the fact that we have not had a drop of rain in over two weeks, some of the roses are blooming quite nicely.


Odee Pink

In the interest of full disclosure, I have to tell you that I water my rose gardens using a drip irrigation system ... but not too much.  It's meant to be Mother Nature's emergency back-up plan.  I run the system once a week, letting it drip at the base of each rose for a few hours to gradually hydrate the soil directly underneath each rose.

Mrs. John Laing


Flowers on roses in the heat of summer can be much smaller than those produced in cooler times of the year.   Others produce fewer petals and have a more open bloom form.

"Grandmother's Hat"

Druschki Rubra

As usual, the best blooming roses in the garden right now are the Chinas and Teas.  They love the hot weather, and they produce flowers continuously all summer.


Comtesse Riza du Parc

The Polyanthas (a tough, work-horse class of roses) are also blooming full force.  These roses will be some of the last to finish the season in November.

Gartendirektor Otto Linne

White Pet

Though the Dog Days of summer aren't the best time to be in the rose garden, it's nice to know that there's still beauty to be found.

(written by Hartwood Roses.  Hartwood Roses blog.)


  1. Amazing that they will keep blooming even in such a long heat-wave. I didn't realize your temps were up to 37. Wowzer! We have had pretty steady 33 temps and thought that was bad. Today we had a long slow rain - which my mom calls a "million dollar rain" and the gardens loved it. I'm hoping you will get some relief soon too.

  2. Seeing these beauties in this heat must make you feel so much better. Lovely Roses and so glad you are surviving this heat.

  3. Doing the happy dance here in Roanoke since we had rain today!!!

    Your roses are perfection.


  4. beautiful roses! you take such good care of them, each one rewards you with beautiful blooms.
    It rained here today!!

  5. We haven't had rain in weeks either, it just keeps missing us. I was out today and it rained only about 6 miles from me, but by the time I made it home tonight I realized we hadn't gotten a single drop! Those roses are gorgeous and you have to love a rose named "Grandmother's Hat!"

    Kat :)

  6. Glad your roses are doing well. I positively wilt every time I step outside.

  7. Such lovely roses. I especially love the Druschki Rubra. What a beautiful color. Your roses look so amazing.

  8. Beautiful roses and your antique junk store I would like to have close to my own house. Thanks for sharing.

    Greetings from Sweden


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