We had our first hard frost about a week ago. The hydrangeas immediately became a mass of limp green leaves, but the roses bush wasn't as easily conquered and continued budding and blooming awhile longer.
Just the other day, the rose bush produced two more flowers and then gave in to winter and went dormant. Though this bush normally produces bright pink roses, these last two came out decidedly pale, looking a bit tired and worn out.
I'm feeling just a bit like these roses right now--pale, tired, worn out. Two weeks ago, I came down with a horrible head and chest cold and the recovery process has been frustratingly slow.
But, at long last, I think I am finally getting better. And just in time, Christmas is right around the corner!