Frosted rose 'Blue Rhapsody'

Winter Roses

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We had a few days of frost and snow towards the end of December. This created lots of opportunities for winter photographs, so you can imagine how pleased I was to see it. (Finding something to photograph for the blog can get difficult at this time of year!)

The warm autumn and mild early winter had encouraged the roses ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ (above) and ‘Zepherine Drouhin’ (below) to produce a few very late blooms. I love to photograph frosty and frozen flowers because they’re like little icy sculptures. Sadly the frost brought these particular flowers to an end. Freezing damaged the cells of the petals too much for them to survive once the frost melted.

Most of my frosty pictures are photos of seed heads and leaves, so it makes a change to be able to photograph frosted flowers. Because there are only a few winter-flowering plants in my garden, I’d like to plant more flowers that will appear during this time. That would mean that I have more to enjoy in the garden in winter and more to photograph – that’s always a pleasure!

Frosted rose 'Zepherine Drouhin'

22 thoughts on “Winter Roses

    1. Thank you Liz! It was an unusual opportunity to take a photograph of this particular rose (Rhapsody in Blue) in the frost. It is less likely to produce late flowers than Zepherine Drouhin, which often manages a few late blooms. (I initially got confused about which post I was trying to comment on, if you saw my unedited reply, hehe!)

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      1. I checked my blog and I’ve done two posts that include ‘Rhapsody In Blue’ because they have it in Gore Gardens and it’s one of my favourites! That’s interesting about the ‘edit’, I only got your ‘final’ version – I’ve wondered before about how that works!

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  1. It never occurred to me that you’d be lacking subjects in winter, but my view of English winter gardens has been shaped by posts by someone who lives near Southhampton, in the New Forest. As in Texas, geography shapes the possible; I suppose it’s much warmer there — although they have been coping with stormy weather that wreaks its own kind of havoc.

    I like roses well enough, but they’re not something that would come to mind if someone asked, “What kind of bouquet would you like?” That said, this one’s a beauty. That color is just luscious, and it certainly pairs well with the snow. It’s a lovely photo — I’m glad you had the chance for it!

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    1. That first rose is my favourite for colour. It changes a bit as it ages, starting off brighter and more purplish but softening as it ages and ending up a more bluish and greyer tone. It doesn’t usually produce flowers so late in the year, so this was a bit of a one-off opportunity. πŸ™‚

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