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Thursday, September 3, 2009

A Last Look at August


Well---it's now September, and most everyone is 'thinking' FALL (including me). Except for our beautiful Roses and other summer flowers, I am NOT a Summer person. I don't like the heat ---although I was a sun-lover for many years. When comparing the four seasons, Summer is my least favorite. I guess that Fall is Number 1, Spring is Number 2, and Winter is Number 3... However, IF we get SNOW here, Winter can move up!!!! ha


Be that as it may, I do have some more 'pretties' to share with you today---from August--in and around our yard. Above is another August rose bloomer, MR. LINCOLN. This red rose along with Veterans Honor are two of my fav's. More pictures are below.









This one is NEW DAY. You may remember that our pink roses showed off in early summer and the yellows have bloomed alot in August.









This one is named ELLA.









This yellow one is named SUNDANCE.









This rose (ABOUT FACE) really ate its "Wheaties" this month... Have you ever seen a rose stem grow to be SEVEN FEET tall?????? Good Gosh!!!! I made George (who is 6'4") stand beside that rose to show you how tall it is... Unbelievable, isn't it????







Here is another view of ABOUT FACE. You can compare it with our tall flag pole!!!!! Wow!









Here is another picture of our Autumn Joy Sedum in bloom. You can see a black bee on one of the blooms. I should have done a macro--but didn't think about it at that time!!!!











I have talked about how gorgeous our weather has been lately... On Sunday night, this was the sunset---as taken from our back yard, looking up the hill. We stood on our deck and watched the sky change colors. Awesome!!!!









The sky just got more and more pink and red... Talk about fabulous!!!!!









Finally, here is our first IRIS of the Fall. Its name is AUTUMN BUGLER. We have several reblooming Irises now ---but this is the only one which has bloomed so far. George says that this one actually bloomed early, so hopefully, off and on all Fall, we should have some more to share with you.


NOW---August is OVER and Fall has BEGUN...


Hugs,

47 comments:

Deb Murphree/Alabama Politics said...

Betsy, you love sunsets and flowers like I do...OMG..I love roses...I hope you have a beautiful day sweetie...I think of you and George and your wonderful life together every day when I read your blog...

Mildred said...

Thanks to you and George for sharing your lovely roses with us this summer. They are truly lovely. I am looking forward to cooler weather and the holidays. I remember how you love a fire in the fireplace too (and SNOW!) Have a wonderful day.

Carol @ TheWritersPorch said...

Fall flowers,fall leaves and cool mornings! My kind of days! :)

Darla said...

What beautiful roses. Your husband must share his rose growing secrets to me...that is one tall rose you have there. If you prune it, will it bush? I am still waiting for an iris bloom here sigh.

Beth said...

I'm like you, Betsy---not a summer person. Good riddance to August! I always feel so energetic and downright frisky in the fall.

I've enjoyed seeing your roses so much--they are truly lovely. And that "About Face" is the tallest rose I've ever seen! George must have given that a little extra sprinkle of fertilizer!

Susie said...

Hey Betsy those roses are pretty but the sunset pictures are just gorgeous!

Vicki ~ FL said...

OMG Betsy, that sunset is magnificent! That is one tall rose and of course, they are all very pretty.

ROSIDAH said...

Wow, I really have missed viewing your wonderful photos. Amazing! Have a great day, Betsy. Hugs and love :)

Bill S. said...

Beautiful roses and sunset pictures. I have to get more roses for my garden. Fall is my favorite time of the the year - it is just too short.

JKoenig said...

That first red rose made me think of how beautiful it must smell....and an iris in the fall...I didn't know they did that. They must be something new.

Then that beautiful sunset. WOW!! What a glorious end to a day.

NCmountainwoman said...

I used to look at fall with dread when we lived in WI because I knew it heralded another cold grey winter. Moving back to the south (and retiring from work) has changed things dramatically. We have more sunny days that cloudy even in winter and I love the brisk (not frigid) mountain air.

Bonnie Bonsai said...

Fall is coming and am looking forward to seeing the carpet of your colourful foliages falling down everywhere in your yard looking like a tapestry. And the roses have beautiful names and you have a very obedient model to stand tall beside About Face. What a name.

And your beautiful evening is really made for the poet to say something.

We are now in our Spring time. Spring and Autumn are also my favourites. I don't like Australian summers. Scorching like hell.

Arkansas Patti said...

How can summer be gone, it was only here for a couple of weeks. Really been a strange one but am not complaining.
I'm like you with snow. Don't mind being cold if it is pretty.
You gave About Face surely more than Wheaties. Wonder if it has stopped growing.
Enjoy the cool, I am.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Now that is quite the rose.You may have a record winner with the hieght of this one.The sunset is amazing.Thanks for sharing the beauty of your yard and area.I feel like I have just had a visit to your house.Oh,but I missed the coffee.:)
Blessings,Ruth

Roses and Lilacs said...

Hi Betsy, the color of Mr Lincoln is beautiful. I love that pure red.

Our weather has improved, the skies are clear and the daytime temperatures are in the 70's. The overnight temperatures drop down to the 40's -50's which is great for sleeping. I used to be like you and hate summers. Now I dread the winters even more. The below zero temperatures and bitter winds just chill me to the bone. Guess it's just another sign of aging.
Marnie

The Incredible Woody said...

You guys have the best flowers ever!! I love the color of Ella. I have been noticing just how spectacular the sunsets have been lately. I keep meaning to head to the lake to get a shot reflecting off the water but can't seem to find time:)

Darla said...

Alright smartypants.......come see my post for today..tee hee!!

Peggy said...

I learned something! I didn't know there were iris that bloomed in the fall. I thought they all bloomed in the spring

Gena said...

Betsy,

Beautiful, as usual. I think I could visit your yard every day! I just love it! I cannot believe how tall that rose is. Maybe it thinks it is a climber! heehee
Sorry I haven't been by for a while. My son had to see a specialist and have tests run.(I'll do a post soon on my health blog). I finally got to see a doctor for pain management but now have to continue the battle with workers comp to continue treatment. Been a bad 1 1/2 years, health wise, with me dealing with this injury. I seem to have passed it to my son and family. You may remember a few months back I posted about my brothers condition, well, they did brain surgery Monday on him. He's doing great!
Miss you!
Talk soon, sweetie!
Gena

Jen said...

Looks like your roses don't want to let go of summer....neither do I.
Gorgeous sunset!!

Dirt Princess said...

I have never seen a rose that tall! Fall is also my #1 season, then spring, summer/winter. Winter and summer are tied. It NEVER....EVER snows here...maybe once in 10 years, and that only a inch or so

Deborah Godin said...

I had no idea a rose could do that - grow so tall. Do you think it was the flagpole that challenged it?

Sunny said...

Hi Betsy,
Your roses are so lovely.

The other day I stopped at the Bridge of Flowers and I thought of you when I saw the roses there. I have never seen such an awesome display of flowers, the Dahlias were as big as dinner plates! I'll be posting some pictures.

There wasn't a rose as tall as yours!
Sunny :)

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Betsy: Beauty abounds around you, flowers, George and the sky. Summer is a great time. It's still here for three weeks.

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

Betsy,
I really love your roses, Autumn Joy Sedum, the Iris and the awesom sunset. What a beautiful posting. The photos are so lovely. Have a great weekend.

Tricia said...

Bee-U-Tee-Ful... the roses & the sunset!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I like the seasons in the same order you do, Betsy. Although, this year summer wasn't too bad here. Other people complained about how cool it was, but NOT ME. ;-)

Neal said...

Very beautiful. It's hard to believe that summer is almost over.

Becca's Dirt said...

What a beautiful Iris. The color is so rich. And what a bautiful sunset. The skies are talking to ya.

Busy Bee Suz said...

Beautiful pictures Betsy!!! I love fall too, it is my favorite time of year event though we don't get any 'color' I love that it cools off a bit.
Love th sunset pictures too.
You should call guinisess book of world records(sp) about the about face rose!!!

Clara....in TN said...

Just beautiful....both the sunsets and all the roses!

Diane said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful sunset. Of course the roses are incredible, too.

Rosa said...

I'm ready too! Bring on the fall, y'all!!! xoxo

Janie said...

I love all of your roses. The tall one is amazing!
Beautiful sunsets with the colorful clouds. Good to see the irises are out. That rich purple color is gorgeous.

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

They are so beautiful...m.

Naturegirl said...

Betsy! Your roses are gorgeous! I love the autumn roses...they look wonderful...they florish in this weather!I am though a "SUMMER" kind of girl.
Feeling fine..one day at a time.My roses fill me w/ joy!

rsobczak said...

Good optical illusion on the giant rose. And yes, fall is always something to look forward too, and each day bitter sweet as winter approaches. (But that's still a ways to go.) It's summer here in south Florida until ... well, all year!

Kelly said...

...beautiful flowers and what a crazy gorgeous sunset. I think you're in the right place to enjoy autumn. When those leaves all around you start turning colors it must be amazing.

SquirrelQueen said...

Your roses are all so beautiful but seven feet? Maybe it time to cut back on the Wheaties for that big boy.

We are finally getting some cooler weather this week, the mid eighties. Fall is just around the corner.

Judy

cherie said...

fall is my favorite season of all, too, ms.betsy! i have seen roses grew that tall - it is amazing! i'm glad you had fun last summer - i guess you can grow them again next time! bye-bye, flowers! sleep tight!

Daisy said...

I love all your gorgeous roses, Betsy. You have so many, I don't know how you remember all the names. That sunset is wonderful. I love to just sit and watch beautiful sunsets. :)

Pam said...

Funny and delightful, Betsy.
You roses always bring a smile to my face, thanks foe sharing :)

Cheryl /Ashton said...

What gorgeous roses you have. I especially like the pinks and reds. However I would be happy to grown any type of rose, I don't seem to have luck with them. I cannot get over the taaallll rose, it might be one for the record books! I cannot believe September is here. We had a very cold June and both June and July were very rainy so summer did't arrive here in Maine until a few weeks ago! I hope fall hangs around a bit before the snow flies! Oh and the sunset was spectacular, a private show for you and George!

TwirlandTaste said...

Gorgeous roses and magnificent sunsets on the plateau. I lost my dear friend from Cumberland County this week, Anna Belle Clement O'Brien. She was a grand dame who helped many along the way. You would have really enjoyed knowing her.
Happy Twirls and be safe over the holiday.

TwirlandTaste said...

Gorgeous roses and magnificent sunsets on the plateau. I lost my dear friend from Cumberland County this week, Anna Belle Clement O'Brien. She was a grand dame who helped many along the way. You would have really enjoyed knowing her.
Happy Twirls and be safe over the holiday.

Di said...

Betsy, beautiful roses, gorgeous sunset, wonderful hubby, and you... doesn't get any better than that. ;)

Mary said...

I've never seen a rose that tall! The sky shots are wonderful, gorgeous!