After two unusually strong cold snaps five weeks apart, the roses have started to bloom in Central Texas.
'Old Blush' is always one of the very first to bloom. I post a photo almost exactly like this nearly every spring.
'Mutabilis' usually blooms next, each blossom changing from apricot to pink to fuchsia in a matter of days. (Earth-kind)
'Sunny Knock Out' rose is a relatively new addition to the garden. (Earth-kind)
While those three are in full-on flush mode, 'Buff Beauty' is just getting started. She wants to put out long arching canes, but I don't have the space, so I've pruned her back hard into a trellis rose. She's never had more buds than this year.
Also in bloom but not pictured: poppies, bluebonnets, larkspur, cilantro, sweet peas, spiderwort, columbine, yellow daisies, 'May Night' salvia.
Thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day. Visit her April GBBD page to see springtime blossoms all around the world.
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