My final destination was the grocery store, where miniature roses once more tempted me to buy one neither as decor nor as gift, but as an addition to the East Border. As I was unfamiliar with the varieties, I took a few minutes to google "Parade Roses". Developed by Poulsen of Denmark, they are apparently among the most widely available potted minis, quite lovely with their comparatively large, ruffled blooms. As I wrote in my last post, I have been very impressed with the way miniature roses grow in this climate, so I brought home the bronze-toned "Apollo" with the intention of planting it out as soon as weather gives it a reasonable chance of survival. My one concern with apricot colored roses is the tendency to go pink in very hot weather, which will be a real problem in a yellow to orange themed border; but I decided to to take the chance with this one. I can always cut the blooms and bring them inside!
Having brought my little treasure home, it occured to me that I could still put together a Monday Vase.
I look forward to planting it out. Buying it now, I am presuming on the arrival of monsoon weather with its increased humidity and (hopefully) occasional rains. But the change in season (see also "Beginning of the Rains") was palpable yesterday though we have had hardly a drop of rain yet.
Linking with Cathy's IaVoM at Rambling in the Garden, where no doubt there are many lush summer vases today!