The Last Rose of Summer

last rose of

Just before the “yard beautician” came to give our bushes their last haircut of the year, I found two roses and two rosebuds on our rose tree. They cried out to be immortalized.

There was a small leaf hopper enjoying the last of these beauties, too. He seemed pleased to be included in this portrait.

About judilyn

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22 Responses to The Last Rose of Summer

  1. Craig says:

    Lovely shot with tasteful post-processing. Looks like the ocean in the background. Are you sure you aren’t in Seaside, Oregon?


  2. Kit says:

    Nice Pic!!!!!!


  3. Sharon says:

    Isn’t it a good feeling to be able to immortalize things like that? The memory would surely fade without a photo to bring a smile until they bloom again.


    • judilyn says:

      Indeed! Of the two buds . . . one valiantly continued on its voyage to maturity, but doesn’t look very robust. The other bud gave up and drooped its little head. Roses grow like weeks around here.


  4. taphian says:

    Hi Judie, that’s really a lovely rose you still have. Thanks for your mail and the link, will answer soon. Have a wonderful Advent Sunday with your husband, many greetings Mitza


    • judilyn says:

      There are a lot of plants here that stay green through the winter. It doesn’t usually get very cold, although one winter about three years ago, we had zero weather at night for a couple of nights in a row. Our Southern Belle magnolia tree did not like that. She has never been the same since. No flowers. 😦


      • taphian says:

        Your landscape looks very desertlike and the plants need a lot of heat probably. Is this magnolia with the big flowers? I have seen this in Greece, too, and they had very beautiful seedvessels. Hope your tree will recover. Maybe you should play some Rachmaninow music to it, hehe.


        • judilyn says:

          The magnolia has big white flowers when healthy, but we have had only a few small blossoms which bloom and then turn brown immediately for the last three years since the cold weather. The seed vessels are indeed quite unique. Of course I took a picture of one. If I can find it, I will send it to you in a personal message. It is definitely a shape, color and texture that would appeal to you, I am sure. ;-> We don’t play music for her, but we did give her a separate sprinkler head that showers water down over her from the top like regular rain from the sky for 15 minutes every afternoon at 5:30. At certain times of the year, hummingbirds come to have a quick shower. They seem to be able to tell time, and know when that “birdy shower” is available for them. We will see what we feel is the same one that will come for several days in a row. We do not have feeders out, so the local birds mostly hang out in other yards. We provide only water for the wildlife here.

          Another sprinkler comes on at 5:15, and that is the one that the squirrel seems tuned in to. I had a blog post on him some time ago. You can see it at:

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  5. dawnbmoore says:

    So beautiful! Great photo–well done!


  6. LFFL says:

    That’s a gorgeous looking flower.


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