Friday, April 30, 2010

Peggy Martin

Most roses, in our part of Texas, LOVE our cool spring and fall season.
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,
'hopefully' fragrant,
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:

  • Antique Rose Emporium
    9300 Lueckmeyer Road
    Brenham, TX 77833

  • Chamblee’s Rose Nursery
    10926 US Hwy 69 North
    Tyler, TX 75706

  • Petals from the Past Nursery
    16034 County Rd. 29
    Jemison, AL 35085

  • King’s Nursery
    Hwy 84 East,
    Tenaha,Texas 75974

  • Naconiche Nursery
    12082 Hwy 59N
    Nacogdoches, TX 75965

  • Treesearch Farms
    7625 Alabonson
    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."

  • Taken from "Peggy Martin Rose"

    Fertilizer Friday


    Alea Milham said...

    Thank you for the information on the Peggy Martin Rose. I will tweet this on.

    Avalon's Garden and Mewsings of Garden Cottage Cats said...

    What a Beautiful Rose ! and a Lovely post, Thanks for sharing:) Have a great weekend!

    Nola said...

    The first time I read about the rose, I thought it was speaking about a person, the article read something like "Peggy Martin found alive under 20 feet of salt water"! I thought "WHAT???" and read on, finding out it was a rose!

    Becca's Dirt said...

    Wow - stunning rose. Good information on Peggy Martin Rose.