They survive the hot, humid summers, and when fall starts cooling, they really show off.
Some bloom all through our cool, wet, winter.
My only roses are thorn-less,
and if they have any hopes of living, they are tough as nails.
Peggy Martin qualifies.
I found out about Peggy Martin, repeat cluster bloom, completely thorn-less, rambler and just HAD to have one.
(please read her interesting story below)
With all the rain we have had, this darling is really showing out...
Meet Peggy Martin Rose...
"Current Status of "Peggy Martin Rose" - Spring, 2008.
The "Peggy Martin Rose" was one of only two plants (the other crinum) surviving 20 feet of salt water over the garden of Mrs. Peggy Martin, Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, after the destruction of Hurricane Katrina in late August, 2005.
Since then, it has been introduced into commerce in the United States and has become a symbol among gardeners and rose lovers of a tenacious plant associated with a spirit of renewal and regrowth in the aftermath of a devastating blow of Nature against those living and gardening in the Gulf Coast area.
Dr. Bill Welch shared cuttings of this rose which he had taken from Peggy Martin's garden in 2003 and established at his country home near Burton, Texas with six growers who have made the rose available to rose lovers everywhere. The growers are:
9300 Lueckmeyer Road
Brenham, TX 77833
10926 US Hwy 69 North
Tyler, TX 75706
16034 County Rd. 29
Jemison, AL 35085
Hwy 84 East,
12082 Hwy 59N
Nacogdoches, TX 75965
Houston, TX 77088
Fax 713-937-1224 Wholesale Only
These growers are generously donating $1 per plant to the Greater Houston Community Foundation, with the purpose of assisting in the task of garden restoration projects in New Orleans, Beaumont and other Gulf Coast locations. With its good looks and healthy vigor, the "Peggy Martin Rose" is well on its way to becoming a classic garden mainstay for those wanting a mannerly climber that is thornless, with abundant pink clusters of small flowers. After it has become established, it reblooms in the fall when the hot temperatures abate."