October Roses

“October Roses”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana

Here on the Gulf Coast, October is one of our nicest months. One of the reasons I love this time of year is that our roses start blooming again. Because of our intense summer heat, most roses bloom only sporadically, but with the first cool spell of October, the garden is again filled with roses. When the real cold weather shows up, roses will again slow down but not stop completely until spring.



The Knockout roses are the first to start blooming again as the above pink one shows, but others, such as Iceberg, a lovely white, are also starting to flower. In the next few days, I should have several photos of all the roses that are already in bud.

There are some chores that have to be done for a late year bloom period. A few weeks ago, I did a light pruning of all the roses in anticipation of autumn flowering. I also very lightly fertilized them since our first frost is around December 1st or after. Most years we don’t have our first frost until mid-December, so a light fertilizing won’t hurt. This month is also one of our driest, so that means making sure these shrubs stay watered so there will be more roses.

With all the other fall flowers starting to show such as Mexican bush sage, having the roses flush out just makes everything so much nicer. This spring, I did not plant many flowering annuals, instead relying on foliage plants for color. After a summer of few flowers, it is nice to have so many fall bloomers show up.


  1. Robert said,

    October 7, 2010 at 4:48 am

    You are lucky, it is too cold already here for roses to start blooming again. We will have to wait for spring

  2. Randy said,

    October 7, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Phillip gave us a Caldwell Pink last year and the bush has bloomed ALL summer long.

    • Jan said,

      October 7, 2010 at 7:10 pm

      Randy, Phillip gave me a Caldwell Pink two years ago, and it bloomed well until late July. I think the heat was too much. About two weeks ago, I started seeing a few flowers, and now there are buds all over. It should be blooming well in a few days. I just love that little pink rose and think of Philip every time I see it. He is so generous.

  3. RobinL said,

    October 7, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    Isn’t it wonderful to have a rose revival? It was a very hot summer all over the country, so my roses faded away in July and August too, but in September they came back to life and are still going strong. Love it!

    • Jan said,

      October 7, 2010 at 7:12 pm

      We were still having temperatures in the high 90’s in September, but now, thank goodness, that intense heat seems to be broken, and the roses are responding. i am looking forward to many weeks of roses.

  4. October 9, 2010 at 5:11 am

    Hi Jan – the late season second bloom of roses is wonderful isn’t it? Just like many of us, the roses don’t want to say goodbye yet to summer and its a wonderful treat, I think. Enjoy them while you can!

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