What a good year for the roses
Many blooms still linger there
The lawn could stand another mowin’
Funny I don’t even care
As you turn to walk away
As the door behind you closes
The only thing I have to say
It’s been a good year for the roses
Sorry, George Jones and Elvis Costello, two fine and notable singers of the song lauding that sweet, sweet flower written by Jerry Chesnut.
Quite literally, in the front and backyard of the Little Bitty in the Syracuse city neighborhood of Eastwood, it has not been a good year for the roses.
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By this time, the roses my dear wife Karen has so lovingly put into our ground have usually pushed out dozens of reds, whites and yellows. This year, we’ve not one red bloom, and that one out back is traditionally the biggest and burliest of the half-dozen bushes.
No. We’ve had the one each, so-small, white and yellow blooms pictured above.
So we wondered what we see on our annual trek to the Rose Garden a few miles away in Thornden Park, on the fringes of the Syracuse University campus.
I wrote about the E.M. Mills Rose Garden for this week’s Mark It Up community column for Syracuse Public Media site waer.org. If you’d like to read the story and see more photos of the spread, click the link below.
Yes, we saw blooming roses. The setting is quite gorgeous.
We took our time walking the rows and — you betcha — smelling the roses.
I always find it hard to believe that there aren’t more people around when we take our annual trip to these sprawling grounds, which hold 3,550 rose plants and are maintained by volunteers of the Syracuse Rose Society.
Has this been a bad year for your roses where you live? Do you have a particular variety of rose that’s your favorite? Do you have a public Rose Garden where you live, and if so, what’s the setting like?