Friday morning found me once again in Portsmouth for another TV segment, outdoors in the fog. It was probably not the best weather to televise the "after" part of a garden renovation we did for the station, but sometimes you have got to go with what you have been given. However, the weather was good for photography, unless you were wanting to get a picture across the river of the Norfolk skyline.
One bright spot on the otherwise gray waterfront were these Knockout Roses, which seem to be everywhere these days.
I came across lots of other roses away from the river in Olde Towne (I hate this spelling). The ones below are more Knockouts and what I think are Graham Thomas, one of the David Austin roses. These were growing behind the Pass House where 150 years ago citizens in Union occupied Portsmouth obtained a pass to travel across the river to Confederate Norfolk.
This is likely Blaze blooming in front of the B.P.O.E hall, a.k.a. Madblood's mansion.
I am not sure which one this is, but notice how it matches the window trim.
Here are two more unknown-to-me varieties.
While I was taking the photo below, the homeowner came out and told me they have lived in the house for 40 years, and the white rose has been blooming and climbing into the mulberry tree each of those years.
Roses were not the only blooms in Olde Towne on Friday. One of my favorite houses had a pomegranate (Punica granatum) in full bloom.
Oenothera speciosa, Pink Evening Primrose
Passiflora caerulea, Passion Vine
Philadelphus coronarius, Mockorange
(You can see the entire set of pictures here on my Flickr page.)