It's almost the end of the first week of July in the Binghamton area of upstate New York.
We haven't hit 90 officially yet.
But, due to the harsh winter (in my opinion, anyway) plants are thriving.
Yesterday, my spouse and I visited Cutler Botanic Gardens in Binghamton. This little gem, just off of Interstate 81, is small. It is also free of charge. It is kept up by dedicated volunteers. If you are traveling through New York on I-81, please pay it a visit. It is well worth your time.
We missed the roses, for the most part, with our long distance caregiving schedule. They bloomed earlier, in June. But some late roses greeted us.
Mrs. Anthony Waterer, a rugosa cross, dating from around 1898.
Elmshorn, not an antique, but a rose that is supposed to bloom into fall.
Ballerina, a late hybrid musk rose, dates from 1937. The bush looked like it was just finishing up.
But what about the smoke I promised you?
Too bad it wasn't growing next to the Mrs. Anthony Waterer rose.
Sorry, I just couldn't resist.
Do you like to pun?