June 8, 2008

Cool wet weather has its advantages

--one of which is that flowers last longer. The Rosa primula has been in full glory for over two weeks, even Friday's hailstorm didn't faze it. This is the most floriferous it's been in its dozen years, much to the delight of the bees. Unless it really does snow this week, as is forecast, it should even be able to ripen seed, as there hasn't been a killing frost since the flowers opened. That's unusual, but the weather is being very much like that of the early 60's, and so we could have frost every month. The cool weather has muted this rose's fabulous scent (the foliage smells of incense and balsam) but when the sun comes out just after a shower--heavenly!

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