The Important Questions


I have a question.

If it’s December, and it is, as the lone leaf and wintry sky below should prove,

why is my rose bush doing this?

I find myself both mystified and hopeful.

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  • 12/07/10
    7:10 am

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    Mouse said...

    I think unexpected, unseasonal flowers are omens. I wonder at the meaning of a blushing rose in the fiery colors of a sunset, but I suspect it’s a secret known only to you.

  • 12/07/10
    7:15 am

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    Genuine Lustre said...

    Very symbolic. Do you know the legend of the Glastonbury Thorn?

  • 12/07/10
    7:15 am

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    Tabitha said...

    How beautiful, I had one white rose last week just before the snowfall.

  • 12/07/10
    7:16 am

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    Lydia said...

    Christmas Rose comes to mind, but it’s a hellebore – it could be your roses are just enjoying a little dryness and coolness. But it’s a wonderful time for it, isn’t it – and such a beautiful color!

  • 12/07/10
    7:19 am

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    Stephanie said...

    Oh it’s lovely! There was an old saying that if you see a rose in winter you’ve found your true love. A sweet thought.

  • 12/07/10
    7:21 am

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    Wally Bell said...

    As many folks think global warming is a myth, let’s just call it seasonal adjustment.
    Beautiful Rose by the way.

  • 12/07/10
    7:25 am

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    hostessofthehumblebungalow said...

    I love the rose…it does make one feel that sense of hope.

  • 12/07/10
    7:45 am

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    Patsy said...

    I know less than nothing about gardening, so I vote for magic!

  • 12/07/10
    7:47 am

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    Jen said...

    What a gorgeous color!

  • 12/07/10
    7:49 am

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    materfamilias said...

    That’s a happily confused rose, such a gift! We get unseasonal blooms here as well occasionally, but I think last week’s ice and snow will have dissuaded any late bloomers.

  • 12/07/10
    7:52 am

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    Lisa said...

    Mouse – I like omens. I would know the meaning of this one, I believe.

    Genuine Lustre – I looked it up. That’s a beautiful legend. It also reminds me of one of Oscar Wilde’s sad children’s stories.

    Tabitha – I love white roses.

    Lydia – I have many hellebore in the back yard. They tend to bloom around Easter here. Thank you.

  • 12/07/10
    7:55 am

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    Lisa said...

    Stephanie – Maybe that’s it.

    Wally – Sigh. Of course, I do believe in global warming and am saddened. Oddly, we had just endured a serious cold snap here.

    Hostess – Hope is so wonderful.

    Patsy – And magic isn’t bad either:).

    Jen – Thank you. The rose turns yellow with an orange-red heart, once it opens. Is also fragrant.

    Mater – Happy confusion. What a great term. Thank you.

  • 12/07/10
    8:30 am

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    Becca said...

    One of our flowers is unexpectedly blooming too (it should bloom in April). I’m blaming the cold snap and subsequent confusion. Though I do appreciate the surprise visitor.

  • 12/07/10
    8:37 am

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    Hill House Ramblings said...

    That looks like it will be a real beauty. Such a lovely color! It definitely feels auspicious to me. I hope you’ll put it in a bud vase when it opens!

    H.H.

  • 12/07/10
    8:45 am

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    the gardeners cottage said...

    while i am not a real gardener, i just happen to live in the gardeners cottage, its been my experience, living in so calif, that roses bloom through december. i’ve been taught not to prune until january so maybe it’s just doing what it is supposed to do. this is my best guess. i know i have numerous roses blooming and have seen quite a few in bloom in my town.

  • 12/07/10
    8:46 am

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    Lori said...

    Isn’t that just beautiful! XX

  • 12/07/10
    8:47 am

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    Buckeroomama said...

    Auspicious. That’s it.

    And such lovely colors, too. :)

  • 12/07/10
    8:53 am

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    Anonymous said...

    Well, I love all these legends. However, living in California as we do, roses pretty much bloom all year. At least they do at my house. I grew up here, so I kind of don’t even notice anymore! Thanks for making me notice.

  • 12/07/10
    9:07 am

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    Jan said...

    Because you’re @#$! lucky, that’s why. (Says she who is buried under several inches of snow.)

    (Yes, you can be buried under inches.)

  • 12/07/10
    10:21 am

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    Staircase Witch said...

    It’s eighteen degrees outside, and my roses also are buried under a blanket of several inches, so your post is a very welcome sight today.

  • 12/07/10
    10:28 am

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    Ms. Bunny said...

    Such beauty during an unexpected time. The rose bush must have known you needed a little mystery and wonder in your life.

  • 12/07/10
    11:25 am

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    EntertainingMom said...

    Oh, it’s totally a sign.

  • 12/07/10
    12:02 pm

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    Susan Benford said...

    Hmmm… I live in Boston, and am seeing odd plants poking up, too, like crocuses and the heads of daffodils. I wish I could see them as omens — I fear instead that they’re signs of climate change. It’s 30 today – no harbinger of spring, for sure!

  • 12/07/10
    1:54 pm

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    A Farmer's Wife said...

    Perhaps it is something along the lines of Samuel Johnson’s view on remarriage.

    “The triumph of hope over experience”

    I hope it blooms beautifully for you.

  • 12/07/10
    2:11 pm

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    Carole said...

    Consider it a blessing. :-)

  • 12/07/10
    4:43 pm

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    Terri said...

    It is possible that it’s in a protected spot? I’ve seen my bloom in late October (Zone 5). This does seem kind of late though.

  • 12/07/10
    5:19 pm

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    SewingLibrarian said...

    Ever since I moved to California, I’ve come to expect anything in the garden. None of it makes any sense to this midwesterner. December is usually warmer than May here in San Diego.

  • 12/07/10
    6:04 pm

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    Ash's Mum said...

    survivor (rose) of a survivor (person) ;)

  • 12/07/10
    6:18 pm

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    Belle de Ville said...

    I love roses and luckily they can bloom almost all year around here. Well maybe not this year, it has been record cold.
    We are planting pansys now for winter. Not as elegant as roses, but sturdy.

  • 12/07/10
    7:32 pm

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    Colleen said...

    Too bad you can’t bring the brave little bud it inside.
    Best,
    Colleen

  • 12/07/10
    9:11 pm

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    La Belette Rouge said...

    If I were you I would analyze that rose as if a dream. What is going to bloom in your life that you thought was too late for? What unexpected beauty have you found in the midst of darkness? Sorry for introjecting my analysis into your beautiful post.xo

  • 12/08/10
    2:52 am

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    Faux Fuchsia said...

    This is what I love about gardening-the Cleverness of the whole concept. That is one attractive orange rose bud. How lovely x

  • 12/08/10
    4:21 am

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    Jill said...

    I was in Key West during the Rose lecture for my Master Gardener classes!

  • 12/08/10
    6:03 am

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    Duchesse said...

    Sweet mysteries of life! An exquisite photo, Lisa. I would like to live with it.

  • 12/08/10
    6:51 am

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    tishjettt@yahoo.com said...

    Because you live in California!

    It could also be a sign that you will have a wonderful new year in all the ways you wish and hope.

  • 12/08/10
    7:23 am

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    Lisa said...

    Becca – We had the cold snap too. I believe that if we’re sticking to rational explanations, yours is most likely correct. How easy then, to confuse a plant.

    Hill House – I would put in a vase, except that I can see it so clearly when I stand at my kitchen sink, I may get more value from letting it bloom in situ.

    the gardeners cottage – Janet, other people’s roses always seem to bloom all my year. This one hasn’t before.

    Lori – Thank you.

    Buckeroo – I like the idea of auspicious. Thank you.

  • 12/08/10
    7:27 am

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    Lisa said...

    Anon – I have always watched the Sunset Magazine roses bloom, and this bush just didn’t. I don’t prune, I just sort of cut what gets annoying. I think I was mostly surprised because it was so cold for a while.

    Jan – I’d certainly be buried under inches:).

    Staircase Witch – California exists only serve the imagination.

    Ms. Bunny – I enjoy feeling that the world is on my side.

    EM – Oh good.

    Susan – Crocuses and daffodils in Boston? That’s much more unusual than my little rose.

  • 12/08/10
    10:32 am

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    Grandma Honey said...

    I wonder too, why the Fall leaves are still on our trees. They are normally barren this time of year.

  • 12/08/10
    10:34 am

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    QueenBeeSwain said...

    lovelovelovelovelovelovelovelove!

    xoox

    kHm

  • 12/08/10
    12:56 pm

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    Paula said...

    Makes me wonder: could it be you are a resident of Sea Haven? I picture this phenomenon in Truman Burbank’s garden. :-)

  • 12/08/10
    8:59 pm

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    ChristineB said...

    It’s only doing that just to mess with you. I say, grab some garden snips and show it who’s boss… :-)

  • 12/09/10
    3:58 am

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    Marcia said...

    Such beauty, made even lovelier by the starkness of winter. On a drive through Hyannis on Cape Cod Sunday, we saw roses blooming in all the Main St planters….amazing, and then we saw several others in bloom, as well, and they all seemed so perfectly formed. Amazing that Jack Frost seems to have increased their beauty.
    Love your blog!

  • 12/09/10
    9:05 am

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    Arvind Devalia said...

    How magical!

    Lisa, good to see that you are as adept as ever with manifesting abundance all around you:-)

  • 12/09/10
    9:21 pm

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    Lisa said...

    A Farmer’s Wife – That is a great quotation. Thank you.

    Carole – I shall.

    Terri – It’s not protected per se, but it’s certainly not in the wide open.

    SewingLibrarian – Perhaps I should just give up all expectations too.

    Ash’s mum – I like that. Thank you.

    Belle – Sturdy is good, in flowers as in people:).

  • 12/09/10
    9:24 pm

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    Lisa said...

    Colleen – Oh I know. It’s very sweet:).

    La Belette – I love your analysis. It’s exactly my hope.

    FF – Quite a clever little rosebush, it is.

    Jill – Well what good are you then! ;)

    Duchesse – Thank you. It sits right outside my kitchen window, so in a way I do live with it.

    Tish – Even if it isn’t a sign I think I will treat it as though it is.

  • 12/09/10
    9:27 pm

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    Lisa said...

    Grandma Honey – Where are you located? We should track this phenomenon.

    QBS – xoxoxoxoxox

    Paula – Sea Haven? I confess I will have to look this up.

    ChristineB – Hahahahahaha. Yeah, what’s with this romanticism I’ve got going on?

    Marcia – Thank you. BTW, my mom spent her summers right near Hyannis…

    Arvind – Thank you. What a wonderful way to look at this.

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