Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Last Rose

It happens every year.

I get roses on my rose bushes until mid-October.  In about a week, they are all gone for the season.

Every year, right about this time, one more rose blooms.  It's the most colorful and beautiful one of all.  When I see it, I know I really can't put off the upcoming season.

I know the red rose's hours and minutes are very limited now.  And I dread seeing her in her death throes.

I loathe the Fall season.  There are only dark days and cold ahead as far as the eye can see.  Nature gives her most breathtaking beauty display at this time, so we can watch it all wither and die.  The riot of gold, purple, and red leaves land on the ground leaving the trees bare and ugly until the Spring. 

Fall is like Sundays.  I have always hated Sundays too. 

I love Spring because it's such a time of promise.  And I love Fridays too.  I guess I love the anticipation of a weekend even more than I love the weekend.  And I love the anticipation of Summer much more than I love the season.

Come the end of March, I will have blooms again everywhere.  And the roses will produce their pretty flowers.  They will look lovely, but the flowers will never measure up to this last rose.

49 comments:

  1. That's sad. I don't mind fall so much in terms of the colours on the trees as the leaves turn. It's what it represents...the onset of winter. It's a thorny issue to be sure, Linda.

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  2.  I am in a bad mood from November until March.  I think it's the light deprivation.  This is a lot of people's favorite time of the year, but not mine.

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  3. Except for the timing, I have a rose that behaves a lot like this one. It's the most gorgeous shade of salmon. It's an early summer bloomer and tends to bloom again in August. Come the mid-November she has always pushed out one more bloom that's so exquisite I can barely breathe. It's not going to happen this year & I knew it when I saw it bloom in August. We pruned her back hard last fall so having blossoms at all was an unexpected treat.

    Of all the things I miss about the change of seasons, it's the loss of light that bothers me most. By mid-August I can already feel it. July is my favorite month because it's so light-filled.

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  4. That's just kind of sad.  I feel the same way you do about fall/winter.  I detest being cold and can't wait till spring.

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  5.  I begin getting anxious in August.  It seems half the year, you get up in the dark and you come home in the dark.  It's better since I'm not working, but the longer nights are dreadful to me.  I hate the.  I adore March and April even though they are usually too cold.  I just hate this coming season.  Shoot, I even hate turkey come to think of it.

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  6.  Jeanie, we don't even really get that cold.  It's the lack of light and the lack out being outside for me actually.I'm already waiting for Spring!

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  7. Have you tried a SAD lamp? It helps. I also take a very high dose of vitamin D year round. Nothing works 100% but all of the things I do help me keep a more even keel. I don't enjoy any of the upcoming 'holidays' beginning with Halloween. That they're all in the cold months makes it even harder to fake that I'm having a good time. We may be heading to Santa Fe, NM for Christmas. At least there should be sunshine even if it's cold.

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  8.  Cheryl, I'm with you on the holiday thing too.  I'd like to take off for Bermuda with my husband and just stay there from Thanksgiving till after New Years.  Santa Fe is gorgeous!  Love it, even if it's cold.  The light there is enchanting.  I've never tried one of those lamps, but I've tried a lot of other things... (zoloft, elevil, etc.) and nothing really does it for me.  As I get older it gets worse.  Ugh!

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  9. Back in mid-Sept, I broke the bulb on my lamp (I started using it in Aug) and immediately ordered a replacement. Just had to cancel it since it's on back-order until Dec. Hell, I'll be crawling under the bed by then. Ordered a new lamp & can't wait for it to get here. These lights work that well for me. There so many different choices I just buy the butt-ugly floor lamp and keep it in a room where no one ever sees. If you decide you want to try one, please let me know. I'll be happy to help.

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  10. I enjoy Autumn as it is a precurser to my favorite season.  Winter.  Sparkly clean snow.  It covers the world in silence.  For you....perhaps if you surround yourself with purchased flowers...it will remind that spring will come.  Peace.

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  11. Beautiful rose, Linda. It really will be a sad day for you when the last rose dies.

    I am actually REALLY looking forward to Fall and Winter. This past summer was way too brutal for me. I'm praying for blizzards, hot chocolate, hoodies and fireplaces!

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  12.  You know, Mel, today was almost 90 degrees here.  I don't like extreme heat either.  I think my major thing with Fall and Winter is the lack of daylight, (along with just an overall feeling of gloom.)

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  13.  Honey, I don't get snow here.  We do get some fog and some rain, but very little in the way of the hard cold of winter.  Still, seeing everything dying depresses me.

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  14.  I'll check that out on line.  It might be worth a shot anyway.  Thanks, Cheryl!

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  15. That really is a magnificent rose! Don't see its last moments as death throes - but as birth pains, because the seeds of its renewal are to be found in its dying...

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  16. The lack of daylight IS depressing.

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  17.  Fi, I wish I was around you.  I could use your attitude so many times!

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  18. I'm okay with Fall. I just don't like it much past October. Spring, I love. The birds are chirping and green is everywhere. Only problem is, the pollen gives Little Totsy hell. I have to medicate her and keep her inside when possible. I'm already dreading the cold. Seems a long time before Spring.

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  19. Spring is nasty on allergies, but it's still may favorite season.  I love the renewal of life and it gives me such feelings of optimism.  I'm dreading waking in dark mornings and seeing it look like night at 4:PM.  Ugh! 

    Take heart, Totsy, it's really not that long till Spring!

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  20. I have some magnificent last minute blooms in my little garden!  It's like a special gift that you weren't expecting.  

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  21.  Whenever I started my period it was like a special gift that I wasn't expecting!

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  22. I thought the same thing yesterday when I taking a walk with Gretel and spied the undeniable beauty of the rose in bloom - an encore of the season.  Nice.

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  23. Isn't the first rose just as lovely, but not bittersweet?

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  24. Linda, it's like you pulled words out of my heart and put them on paper.  EVERYTHING you said... I was nodding....  so you understand... someone understands!!!

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  25.  Oh Katherine, I knew you would "get it"!

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  26.  Honestly, Token, no.  The last one is always the most beautiful color and the most perfect rose.  Really!

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  27. I can stay optimistic until the end of October when there are still leaves on the trees. Then I pretend that I like winter and lie to myself until spring. Sometimes it works.

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  28.  Exactly.  There are times when it's cold and crisp and the sky is an extraordinary blue and the sun is blazing but without warmth and I think I can do this.  But they are far and few between.

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  29.  What a lovely post Linda - poetic and thoughtful.  Autumn is a lot about death.  But it's like life, we need to enjoy it while we have it, and my autumn is approaching so I'm trying to enjoy life as much as possible.  Enjoy that rose.

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  30. Very nice, thanks for the information.

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  31. I feel the same way.  Although I quite enjoy winter, it always makes me sad to know it's coming and everything is dying.

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  32.  That's exactly it, Katherine.  I also dread the muddy paws and not being able to garden.  Ugh!

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  33. That is a lovely rose. i do love the fall. But maybe because I live in a place it never really comes. I guess I love the idea that's it's fall even though it's 85 degrees and every leaf is still green and in place : )

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  34. I must disagree. Fall is my favorite season. Perhaps it is because it means that maybe, just maybe cool air may arrive - even though it may be November before we see it. There is something about the crisp fresh air that makes me feel good. But to each their own. Then I like rainy days. Of course, many folks 'round here say I'm touched. Who cannot enjoy fall foliage of the southeast.

    Linda, just think, without the fall, there would be no World Series!!!

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  35.  Now,Ann, that photo is downright stunning!  Since the San Francisco area is always pretty temperate (average temp of 67 to 72 F), I really can't bitch about the weather.  It's more the lack of light and everything dying. 

    The World Series has brightened my mood considerably this year.  If only I had not "thrown out my back" dancing when we won the Championship!

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  36. It's a beautiful rose. I love fall. It's my favorite time of the year. After a hot summer it's nice to wear clothing that doesn't show so much skin. It's a great time to cuddle in front of a warm fire.

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  37.  That's too warm for me, Ms. G.  But the lack of sunlight really gets to me.  It gets dark so early and stays that way so late.  Ugh!

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  38.  Hey Jen!  It seems to me that maybe because we don't have hot summers, that may be one reason I dislike Fall.  There's also the dark.  I don't like dark.

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  39. I'm not real happy about the dark either. I do okay until about New Years and then I need one of those lights or a trip to the southern hemisphere.

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  40. It is a beautiful rose...sometimes we have to wait for the last to get the best!

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  41. Beautifully written, Linda.  

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  42. Buy yourself one of those lamps that emits rays similar to the sun.  They are especially for people who are sensitive to decreasing light at this time of year.  But also know that even as the days darken, your inner beautiful light continues to shine, my friend.

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  43.  It's just so sad when it's gone, Suzi!

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  44. I had never equated the seasons to days of the week before.  That's an interesting perspective.  Everyone has their own favorite season, and each season has it's own special character.  Spring is renewal, Fall is saying goodbye to Summer.  It's beautiful, but sort of sad.

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  45.  It is to me the saddest season of all.  I can deal with the Winter, but hate it's promise.

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  46. hey, it was nice going through ur blog...i always wondered y people always prefer the fall. Now, i see that there r some people who loathe fall just like me too. Same here, i too love spring rather than the falls.

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  47.  I'm with you all the way on this one!  Thanks for commenting!

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