Thursday, March 1, 2012

Roses on parade

Meteorologist Burton Fitzsimmons from YNN News just gave Austinites the good news: so far, we're way ahead on rainfall for 2012, and for the first time in nine months, Austin is no longer in "exceptional drought" status. We're not out of the woods yet, with conditions ranging from "extreme" to "severe" drought across Travis County (the northwestern tip remains in "exceptional" drought status, near the Balcones Wildlife Refuge). But as Burton says, it's a step in the right direction, and my garden's roses are a testament to that. The rains have rejuvenated these hardy roses, most of which appeared to be on death's door last August.

'Lady Banks'
'Lady Banks' rose

'La Marne'
'La Marne' rose

'Buff Beauty'
'Buff Beauty' rose

'Old Blush'
'Old Blush' rose

'Dame du Coeur'
'Dame du Coeur' rose

'Mutabilis' rose

March is coming in like a lamb, with temperatures in the 70s and 80s during the day and 50s at night. Jack and I are debating whether to take down the pop-up greenhouse over the lime trees, so the lime blossoms can get a little more bee lovin'.
Bee on 'Mutabilis' rose

What do you think? The 10-day forecast is looking pretty promising for spring's solid arrival. Hard to believe that NOAA was wrong about a dry La NiƱa winter and Punxsutawney Phil was wrong about six more weeks of winter, isn't it? Should I take a chance?

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  1. These are some very nice photos. I hope Howard Garrett doesn't get a hold of them!

  2. I think spring is definitely here, but I've been wrong before! Beautiful, beautiful roses!

  3. Lovely photos of some gorgeous roses, several of my favorites among them. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Who would think it was just March 1 with all those gorgeous roses. More like June.

  5. Leave your greenhouse up that way it will stay warm. If you take it down, it will probably get cold. I think it's the wash your car and it will rain theory.