Roses Of 2016

First Rose

What made you the first?

Anxious were you to burst forth?

Thanks for coming first!

First Roses Of 2016

The porch tellis with its 6.5 inch blossoms, the first of 2016.
The porch tellis with its 6.5 inch blossoms, the first of 2016. | Source
The inside story and the outside glory.
The inside story and the outside glory. | Source
What you see is less than what you get.
What you see is less than what you get. | Source
On its way to full blossoming.
On its way to full blossoming. | Source
Nearly fully blossomed.
Nearly fully blossomed. | Source
Loud and proud, announcing itself the only way it can.
Loud and proud, announcing itself the only way it can. | Source
Some distant cousins from the "Joseph's Coat" variety. While only 4" in diameter.  These first 2016 roses had as many as 10 rosebuds on one branch end!.  The name comes from each blossom's changing colors as the rose hip ages.
Some distant cousins from the "Joseph's Coat" variety. While only 4" in diameter. These first 2016 roses had as many as 10 rosebuds on one branch end!. The name comes from each blossom's changing colors as the rose hip ages. | Source

There is an added significance to the first roses....

Surely one of the favorite flowers of Americans is the rose.

All roses are beautiful, but the very first roses of the season are such a shocking reminder of why we plant them, that they take on a special aura all their own.

I view the blossoming of the first roses right at the top of the list, along with the return of the barn swallows and the hummingbirds at my home in the Rocky Mountains, as the sure signs that the seasons are still on the right track.

Spring has arrived. Summer will follow.

It's time to get the rest of the gardens planted..

A later season view of the Joseph's Coat rosebush.

This photo of the same rosebush was taken in a previous year and somewhat later season.  Note the darker red color of some blossoms.
This photo of the same rosebush was taken in a previous year and somewhat later season. Note the darker red color of some blossoms. | Source
Eight days later than the original 2016 photo of this "Joesph's Coat" rosebush.  More blossoms have blossomed, and the older blossoms have already deepened in color over the course of the last week.
Eight days later than the original 2016 photo of this "Joesph's Coat" rosebush. More blossoms have blossomed, and the older blossoms have already deepened in color over the course of the last week. | Source

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savvydating 6 months ago

Your roses are beautiful. I would liked to have heard much more. There is a book, A Shower of Heavenly Roses, which is quite nice for those who have no prejudice against Catholics. It's about small "rose" miracles from St. Therese, also known as "The Little Flower."


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Perspycacious 6 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

I hope you have enjoyed the photos of this year's first roses. I want folks who visit my home, to see such beauty for their own memories. Beauty such as this is meant to be shared, not be like a one-of-a-kind art masterpiece hidden away just for private viewing.

I hope you will leave a comment.


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Perspycacious 6 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

savvydating - Our two comments coincided! I will check my library for the book, and I look forward to doing so and reading it when I have found it. Thanks for citing it, and for your comment on the photos of the roses.


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Ericdierker 6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

My family seems more enamored with my roses than with me!

Great job here.


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savvydating 6 months ago

I hope you enjoy the book. The author is Elizabeth Ficocelli. Your roses really are stunning. How wonderful it must be to have them growing around your home.


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Perspycacious 6 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Ericdierker - Don't worry Eric. They can't hug the roses. Remember. they have thorns.


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Perspycacious 6 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

savvydating - I have found that when we nurture beauty it nurtures us. I will check the library tomorrow, but may have to wait for the book to be ordered in. I'll see. Sweet dreeams.


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Perspycacious 6 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

savvydating - The book was not available, so I have ordered it.


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Perspycacious 6 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

savvydating - The book was not available, so I have ordered it.


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MizBejabbers 6 months ago

Those are beautiful, Demas. Roses are my favorite flower, and Rose is my middle name. Your red ones sort of resemble my father's prized Paul's Scarlet. They were there when my parents bought their first home in 1946, and when they bought their second and last home in 1978, daddy moved the rose bushes. I brought some home with me when we sold the home in 2012 after both parents had died.

But then the ones I brought home died. I guess they didn't like being moved. The new owners had the old bushes removed, so my Dad's roses are now all gone. Keep you lovely roses and treasure all the memories that go with them.


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savvydating 6 months ago

Oh wow! I hope you find it worth the money. I have my own copy.


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Shyron E Shenko 6 months ago

Demas, your roses are beautiful. Roses are (I believe) the favorite of most people.

Blessings my friend.


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Perspycacious 6 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

MizBejabbers - An elderly couple who lived across the street tended their beautiful roses religiously. They used to harvest apples they sold together in Las Vegas each year. She passed away first, and I saw him lovingly tending her roses. Eventually he also passed away and I mentioned their story to the new owners of their home. Alas those roses are all but gone, too, along with their orchard of apple trees which succumbed to condominiums, and soon their home will be gone too, the property having been granted the right to be divided into a "2 home subdivision."

All roses are beautiful, but those with a history that is personal to us seem the most beautiful of all.

When I first moved into my home here in the Rocky Mountains I planted a young Santa Rosa Plum tree just outside the kitchen window where my wife could see it bloom each spring.

Now that tree has mothered another Santa Rosa and the original tree (unpruned) is now taller than the home of two floors, and is loaded with its delicious, slightly tart plums again this year.

The beauty we nurture nurtures us.


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Perspycacious 6 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

savvydating - I presumed you keep a copy and treasure it, but I didn't ask that you might lend it. The copy I am awaiting is to come from an inter-library loan, not expense except $3 involved. Looking forward to a great reading.


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Perspycacious 6 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

ShyronShenko - I'm pleased you enjoyed these photos, and thank you for the blessings.


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MizBejabbers 6 months ago

Beautiful story about your plum trees, Demas. My dad moved his apple trees, too, but they succumbed to old age. He kept them alive by replanting the little ones that came up from the roots. I tried that, too, but mine just wouldn't stay alive in the Little Rock area probably because of too many silver poplar roots in the ground. We aren't sure what kind they were. They were little green apples with red "cheeks". Very sweet and leathery and didn't ripen until late September.

At first I thought they were the Orange Pippin, but those are too red. They look exactly like the photos of the Croncel, but those are described as large. Do you know apples? I would appreciate all the help I can get identifying them because I want to get some trees.


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aviannovice 6 months ago from Stillwater, OK

I have never seen so many roses in one spot. It has been a good year for you so far, hasn't it?


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Perspycacious 6 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

aviannovice - Yes. And hearing from you just makes it better every time! I enjoyed your latest on facebook today. How nice it is that life for you is "just a snap!"

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