Wednesday, February 29, 2012

I Can't Believe It!

I was shocked to see the first rose bloom of the season!  After all, it's still February!  Last year's first rose bloom was the rose 'Home Run', on the 21st day of March.  Almost one month's difference!


This year, it's Carefree Beauty.

Carefree Beauty

Sure, this rose has always been an early bloomer.  It usually blooms before most of the other roses.  It bloomed in March of last year.  But ...  February?!!


And there are lots of little buds just waiting to open!


Well, there you have it.  The first rose bloom of the season.  In February!

53 comments:

  1. Oh you are so lucky. I did do some gardening yesterday but mostly a little cleanup and pulling weeds. Can't believe the new weeds that took over during the Winter. Unbelievable. I did get a couple things transplanted. Was afraid to wait since I wanted to do them dormant as things are starting so early. Enjoy this early season!

    Cher Sunray Gardens

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    1. I have tons of weeds, too! Frustrating. But the rest of my plants are growing well in this warm winter, so I guess I shouldn't complain!

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  2. Lots of new growth here, especially on the Teas and Noisettes and Chinas. It's going to be a weird year.

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    1. I think you're right about it being a weird year this year. I just hope summer isn't a scorcher like last year!

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  3. Hi Holley, congratulations to your first rose blooms! This is always such special event in the garden season. That 'Carefree Beauty' almost flowered one month earlier for you than the first blooming rose last year is a quite remarkable difference. I think that is what's so great about gardening we are always in for a surprise!
    Christina

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    1. It is remarkable, isn't it? I did a double take when I saw this spot of color among all the green!

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  4. That's a pleasant surprise Holley! It's like getting an extra floral bonus from that rose by blooming so early :)

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    1. Yes, you're right - it is a fun surprise!

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  5. Aw, you lucky duck! LOL Well, they are beauties that's for sure! We're having a 60-degree day today... and sun. I think Spring wants to arrive early. : )

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    1. We've been having warmer than normal weather here, too - it's been consistently in the 70's, and some days get up to the low 80's! I think spring has arrived here!

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  6. Beautiful Holley! It has been so much warmer this year and everything is blooming earlier.

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    1. It will be fun to look back as the season moves along, and see how much earlier everything else blooms.

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  7. What a beautiful rose--hooray for the first one of the season, no matter how early! From the perspective of someone who doesn't know much about roses, it seems odd that the first bloom would be a different kind of rose every year. Do they usually vary that much from one year to the next?

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    1. There are a lot of variables. Some roses (like this one) get the west sun, and has a brick wall behind it, so it's warmer than some of the other roses. I've also noticed that generally the single roses (5 petals) will bloom earlier than the fully double petaled roses. And I prune them over about a month's period (I'm slow), and even that varies as some I don't prune at all, some just lightly, and some quite heavily. Good question!

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  8. Wow, that's amazing. What an early start to the rose garden year.

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    1. It is! I think my garden is going to peak early this year!

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  9. That is Great. We cut ours back in Feburary so there is no way we could have the first one to bloom this month I think we had our last one. Madi Graw had a bloom in Febuary but it was the last. We have differant roses from you. Mine are really putting out so I look for them to bloom in March. All my spring blulbs are blooming. The rose ie beautiful also.

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  10. That is wonderful and a beautiful. We cut ours back in February so no chance for a new bloom how ever we had the last one. I was not very good because the cold got it.

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    1. The rose pruning date here is Valentine's day, but it was so warm all winter, I started in January! Maybe I shouldn't be so surprised they're a month early, too!

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  11. Wow -- can this winter be any more bizarre?? But what a lovely gift from Mother Nature.

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    1. Bizarre is a great word. Snow in the north, and we're getting hot weather here! It can't make up its mind!

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  12. A rose worth the encore. So pretty .

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    1. This is one of my favorite roses. I love its big, loose petals.

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  13. A lovely rose, Holley, I also cut my roses down in February, just done all of them last week, so the next 6 weeks or so is the only time of the year I have no roses in my garden. But my 3 new roses have arrived and are planted in large pots; Wildeve, Scepter'd Isle and Susan Williams-Ellis. Can't wait to see them bloom and smell their lovely scent :-)

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    1. I started pruning a month earlier than I was supposed to, and just finished! I guess my roses will bloom at all different times this year! I can't wait to see your new roses, either! The first bloom is so exciting, isn't it?

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  14. That's incredible!! My roses are just now putting out the teeniest leaves. We're starting March with temps near 70. Weird but wonderful!! Your rose reminds me of watermelon it's so pink. :o)

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    1. You're right - it does have a watermelon-y shade to it! Weird but wonderful weather is right! At least, it's wonderful right now!

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  15. What is really amazing me is that plants are blooming early all over the country not in just one climactic area. But who can argue with roses in February?

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    1. I guess we shouldn't complain about an early spring! No telling what next year will bring!

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  16. It's really been one of those strange winters. Some of our blooms, like the daffodils, are behind, probably due to the lack of rain, but it seems that just about everything else will be quite early this year. Clearly the groundhog lied about the extra few weeks winter!

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    1. It does seem like everything is thrown a little off, and not quite blooming in sequence. I think that groundhog is unreliable!

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  17. Climates and plant reaction are amazing! I have a Carefree Beauty that isn't even among the first to really leaf out. Yet Bermuda's Kathleen is my first bloomer of the season if you don't count the Marie Pavie who never stopped. I am so ready for real breakout spring...I can sense it.

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    1. It's coming - and soon, I think! I'm looking forward to it, but not quite ready, if you know what I mean. I have chores that should have been done by now!

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  18. Here, the only thing more melancholy than an October rose is a December rose..but a february rose is full of promise

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    1. Yes, it was a shock, but I'm happy to see it!

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  19. Oh my. we won't have roses until June. Can't wait. I will enjoy yours until then.

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    1. Oh, June sounds like a long way away. But, it will get here before you know it. And you'll have beautiful blooms! I think this is going to be an interesting summer, too!

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  20. Seeing this sweet and lovely rose, reminds me of Briar Rose of Sleeping Beauty.

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    1. It is pretty, but thankfully, not a large bush like Sleeping Beauty's!

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  21. Spring certainly seems determined to arrive early this year. You don't hear me complaining!

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    1. I should get used to it, I guess. It's coming whether we're ready or not!

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  22. wow what a wonderful surprise.....what a beautiful bloom and color

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    1. It's one of my favorite roses. But I did a double-take when I saw it!

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  23. What a treat! And it is such a beautiful rose at that...I love the color. Spring seems to be early in many places. My first daffodil bloomed in January...unbelievable. Now, many of them are blooming...and the tulips are breaking the soil. My roses are beginning to leaf out. Spring is here...

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    1. What's funny is that some of my early spring bulbs, like the crocus, have barely started blooming yet! But spring is definitely here. It's warming up fast here!

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  24. You are so lucky to have roses already. I am so jealous girl. LOL! I will enjoy your blooms though until mine starts in late May.

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    1. It's definitely going to be an early year - this morning I was outside and Julia Child has a bloom!

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  25. Unbelievable - it just shows how crazy this winter has been!

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    1. Look like it's going to be an unusual year!

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  26. Congrats on your first bloom of 2012. I am seeing some crazy growth here, but no blooms yet....

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    1. It's going to be an interesting year! It will be fun to see when everyone's roses start blooming out this year.

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  27. Good for you to have roses blooming already! My garden is covered in snow! All winter it has been bare (no snow this winter hardly), and now that Spring is around the corner for us, we get snow!
    Can't waite to get out to the garden to begin a new season!

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  28. I hope you get an early spring! I looked around today, and I have several rose bushes with new little blooms!

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