Wednesday, August 22, 2007

My Garden's Last Month

Polar Roses in AlaskaOnce September comes the frost will start to do its work and it will be time to think of winter. I will miss the blossoms, particularly the climbing roses but the break makes me appreciate spring and green things all the more.

The roses are a hardy Finnish hybrid called "Polar" that Alaska Mill and Feed sells and I've had mine for three years now and it's over eight feet tall. That's impressive for Alaska--you don't take roses in the garden for granted here as they don't winter well.

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22 comments:

Isabelle aka Tricotine said...

Pretty! :-)

Happy WW!

Katja from skimbaco.com said...

Thank you, thank you! I'm from Finland, and my Grandmother had a huge garde full of those!

The Botanical garden at Atlanta is the only place in the US where I've seen them! They are very rare even it other parts of Europe.

Thank you for sharing the picture!

Special K ~Toni said...

Very pretty! Down here in Texas all my flowers have died! :(

Happy WW!

tegdirb92 said...

what a beautiful climbing flower.

CableGirl said...

How long is your growing season up there?

Happy WW.

Chris said...

Beautiful!

Deb - Mom of 3 Girls said...

Those are very pretty! My flowers didn't fare too well this year since it was so hot and dry here - hopefully they'll do better next year. Happy WW! :)

Lisa said...

The roses are beautiful.

Frost in 10 days (give or take?). My brain cannot fathom it, it is just too hot here (101 today!).

Scribbit said...

Well, I'd be surprised if we get frost in 10 days but once SEptember hits you can't guarantee much around here. The average snowfall in Anchorage is September 25 though it has been much later in recent years. Right now the raspberries on are and no frost in sight.

Lori said...

Wow...thats beautiful:) I want one!!

Mike said...

Love your roses. Our roses, which are yellow, are 8 feet tall, too. The difference? Ours slant downwards.

Hmp.


Mike
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ZAM said...

The climbing roses look romantic. I envy you. i would have like to grow something like that near our window at the back.

Stacey@Look, Mom, Look! said...

Beautiful! I haven't had much luck with my roses. Your green thumb must be ginormous!

Loralee Choate said...

I have a black thumb. (You're shocked, right? Yah. I know.)

I really should give up, but spring comes, I read a million articles and I think, "Well...if I do THIS, then MAYBE...."

Every year clean off my white trellis stake it down and I plant something guaranteed to "Climb".

Every year the bastard just cruelly taunts me.

Gill said...

A lovely delicate photo. Happy WW!

Katya said...

Such pretty flowers! It is hard to believe that fall and winter are right around the corner. Time seems to keep going faster and faster!!!!

Jeremy said...

Now if you can heat some of that frosting to moisture vapor and send it down Florida direction we would be mighty grateful, being heart rose bushes have weathered up to nothing but stumps.

But then again give it a few weeks and will be complaining when we get hit with a tropical storm or hurricane, that's just us Floridians do nothing but complain! Neat picture!

Babystepper said...

My mother loved the huge shasta daisy bushes that would grow in CO when nothing else would. We were in a high-altitude dessert.

The natives of the area mowed them down, but we saved the seeds and planted them!

Daisy said...

Beautiful!

Susan said...

My mom in RI has been complaining of unusually cold weather there already. When does it typically start getting cold in Alaska? Do you usually have frosts that early?

luckyzmom said...

Had a pale pink climber named "Dawn" that is very hardy and beautiful which I had to leave behind when we moved. I love the "Polar" and will be looking for it.

Damselfly said...

So pretty.... And it's hard for me to imagine frost in September already.