November Roses Not Ready To Call It Quits
November is not thought of as a time for roses in Chicago, but a couple of our roses refuse to take the hint from the cooling weather.
Most notably, ‘Cassie’ continues to pump out clusters of little white semi-double flowers. No doubt this is a product of the odd autumn weather, but I find it cheering even so. Nobody’s going to tell ‘Cassie’ when to stop blooming.
And ‘Cassie’ isn’t even conceding that these are her final blooms of the year. Look and you will find new buds in varying stages of maturity.
‘Strike It Rich’, my new shrub rose, is also unready to retire for the season. Even though her leaves are dropping, she still has one bud racing with the frost to see if it can burst into bloom.
There is one area in which my roses have been rather disappointing: rose hips. ‘Cassie’ and ‘Darlow’s Enigma’ have a scattering or tiny red hips, though most are still green. Not sure if they will last long enough to ripen. I wonder if I was wrong to keep cutting back the faded flowers in order to encourage continued blooming. Both of these roses bloom exuberantly in early summer, then produce flowers at a steady pace through the season.
‘Sally Hoimes’ produced its last flush of blooms in September. But her hips have little color at this point. And I was surprised that my wild Prairie Rose, (Rosa setegira), doesn’t seem to have any hips at all.
Are your roses providing you with blooms and colorful hips, or have they quietly slid into dormancy?