I'm not sure how I feel about a rose bush that buds in mid-late Autumn.
About 4 weeks ago, my bright red rose sent out a single bud and my vivid orange rose five buds.
They were perfectly formed and promised colour but failed to bloom in the ever-cooling temperatures. They are still standing strong and hopeful on their stems.
There is something both sad and joyful about these buds. It is true that they will die having never achieved their potential...but it is also true that, as skies darken and temperatures plummet, they serve as brave reminders of what will come after winter...