These examples of Rosa recalcitransia are even now blooming in my flower box, one-quarter of the way through October fercrissake, and less than two weeks after one of the neighborhood kids got the best of the bunch. There has been rain, though not a lot, and I haven’t watered them otherwise, feeling that geez, guys, it’s time to hibernate, isn’t it? And it’s just this one bush: the others, while they continue to stretch their stems, aren’t putting forth any new buds. (Click here or on the photo to embiggen.) This not-having-a-girlfriend business may backfire on me yet.