With camera in hand, I was looking at the changing colors of leaves on small and large plants. This miniature rose is so small, I mostly check to see if it is still alive. I was very surprised to see a flower – in November!
There are still some large rose bushes blooming in town, but my home and gardens are ten miles away in the hills, at much cooler temperatures. My larger rose bushes are long dormant and I do not expect to see any new growth until spring.
A lot of rain was in the weather forecast, so as the sky clouded up, I cut my solitary tiny rose and put it in a vase. To keep things in perspective, this hand-blown glass vase is 1.5″ or 4cm tall. Or should I say it is 4cm short?
It was a very cold day, and the house was relatively so much warmer, that I wondered how my flower would fare. Even the north-facing kitchen windowsill was not agreeable enough. By morning, the flower was about spent.
I have run into this before, when I tried to bring a flower from this particular plant to the indoors. There must be something in its genetic makeup that is conditioned to cooler weather.