A walk around my garden today found several of my roses in bloom. Several more had heavy buds and will be in bloom soon.
Autumn is actually a prime time for roses here. The first flush of blooms in the spring is the heaviest, of course, and most of my roses do bloom more or less continually through the summer. But as the heat and humidity intensify, the blooms get sparser and smaller. Then the humidity and the temperatures begin to drop a bit. Rain becomes more frequent and dependable. Autumn arrives and, with it, most of the roses hurry to get in that last bright volley of blossoms for this year.
Autumn is my favorite season of the year for many reasons, mostly having to do with the pleasant weather and the reduced growth rate of the weeds in my garden. But high on my list of reasons for autumn being my favorite has to be the roses of this season. They are the gardener's reward from Mother Nature for perseverance, the one that says, "See? I told you you could make it through summer!"