Grandfather’s Rose Sequel

My flowers that didn’t grow during the extreme heat and drought, the ones I watered, talked kindly too. The ones that survived the first earlier-than-normal cold snap and the return to normal temperatures. Well, they are frost bitten and now shrivaling. These include lantanas, salvias, a pineapple sage, and snap dragons.

During this Grandfather’s rose started dropping leaves. I watered it. It dropped more leaves. I worried and fretted all summer over this because Grandfather’s rose is a family heirloom. My great grandfather gave it my grandmother when my mother was born in 1929.

This is what the rose looks like now. It started growing leaves not to long ago and had a few flowers.

Obviously, the chill didn’t affect the flowers.

I also have a second-generation of grandfather’s rose. It grows on the north side of my garden area.

A garden spider, which I think is out late for them, has a web in it. Strong north winds from hurricaine Sandy practically destroyed the spider’s web. There’s so much of it missing that I couldn’t tell it was an orb-weaver’s web.

Very little web shows in this picture.

Those winds must have been a wild ride for the spider. I wondered if it stayed in the web, on a branch or on the ground during it all.

Obviously, the spider repaired the web somewhat overnight. The white mass is prey she has confined in silk.


6 responses to this post.

  1. I’m glad your special rose made it!! can’t help laughing when I think about the spider’s wild ride, a rollercoaster for spiders come to mind.


  2. Posted by Therese on November 9, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Nice job, Kathy. What a inheritance you have! I can just smell it!


  3. Beautiful rose shots but I really like the spider pics, talk about persistance..:-)


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