Last couple of years, I’ve had a early-fall eruption of roses in the front flower box see here, for example and I’m always surprised by this, what with the general nature of summer in these parts. (Two words: “hot” and “dry.”)
But we had about triple the usual August rain this year, so Rosa recalcitransia is back early, and looks something like this:
Those in the back are actually about a foot behind and a foot lower, the result of a carefully-chosen (yeah, right) camera angle. And as you can see, more are coming.
(More sizes at Flickr.)