Until this weekend, I had nearly forgotten the blessings of Autumn here in my Flint Hills garden. There are fewer roses in the garden as the temperatures drop at night, to be sure, but the roses that make it to bloom ahead of the coming winter are often of perfect form and are much less likely than the roses of Spring to be damaged quickly by the prevailing prairie winds. This 'Touch of Class' is as close as I ever see to a rose show quality bloom.
The colors and hues of roses are spectacular and sometimes different in the Fall here! I don't see the pink blush on the petals of this 'Prairie Harvest' from buds that pre-bake in the summer heat, and I believe the demure tint added to the normal light yellow increases the allure of this rose.
The lavenders can often be deeper and bolder toned at this time in the fall. This is 'Lavande', a floribunda that I purchased cheap from a local and now out-of-business discount box store many years ago. I suspected at the time that I was just buying a mislabeled 'Angel Face', but there really is a 'Lavande', a florists rose, bred in Canada by Bruce Rennie.
'Granada' shows off its bi-color blooms and its scent here when the summer sun doesn't roast it into submission within hours. This rose is one of Mrs. ProfessorRoush's favorites. I can take it or leave it, personally.
Have you noticed that "orange roses" actually really look a little orange as Halloween closes in? This miniature rose, whose name I've long forgotten, always picks October to remind me that it still deserves a place in my garden.