Everything’s Coming Up Roses

Don’t we all have wonderful memories of roses?  Here I am with my Nana and the incredible rose bush at her old house on Main Street.  I drive past this house many times every week, and I love to picture it… how it was when I was a little girl playing in that beautiful yard.

My rose garden had a setback this winter.  I guess they were all set to start leafing out when that hard freeze came and parked itself at our place.  Lots of limbs died.  Some of the bushes are having to come out at the roots.  We shall see what we shall see.  I’ve pruned around on them trying to salvage what I could.  The garden has the look of a four year old who decided to give herself a brand new hair cut.

I’m sure all those bushes will be just fine.  That garden is a gift to me from a dear friend.  My Grandma passed away the winter before my barn was finished.  That spring I was treated to a rose garden gift certificate so I could plant them in her honor.  Grandma was a very strong woman.  Surely these roses can rise to the occasion.

When I see roses I’m filled with happy memories.   Can’t wait for mine to start blooming!  Won’t be long now… just found this one!

What are some of your favorite “rose memories”?


12 Responses to “Everything’s Coming Up Roses”

  1. Marcea Clive says:

    When I lived in Las Cruces in the 70’s, I had 30 rose bushes in my backyard. Well, anyone who has had or have roses knows what it takes to keep them pretty and blooming. They were absolutely beautiful. Every color you can imagine. The work was always worth it when they would just keep blooming and blooming.
    Thanks for your story.

  2. Kim Mann says:

    What a beautiful photo of you and Nana!

  3. Sandy says:

    I was so happy when I ran across that old slide of Nana and me and “Tammy”!
    Marcea… 30 rose bushes of every color… that sounds heavenly!

  4. bette says:

    Hoping that they will come back even more beautifully than ever! I always think of our tomotoes that were literally striped of every leaf by a hail and wind storm. They came back and were the most productive tomatoes we had ever had. Might be a good lesson in that thought! Isn’t it exciting to see the new buds opening? I bought a hanging basket of bougainvillea today and it is lovely. I do love this time of year!!!!

  5. Sandy says:

    Yes Bette… always a lesson from the plants! As always, I thank you for my beautiful rose garden, my dear thoughtful friend!

  6. Margret Jonsson Evangelista says:

    Our house on 15th & Avenue C had the most beautiful Peace roses that were planted by the previous owner, Mrs. Bogard – peach, pink and white, some big as plates, and oh, so fragrant! Later, when my parents moved to 17th & Jackson, my mother made magic in the yard, turning the hard caliche into beautiful beds of all types of roses and many other flowers. Every spring I think of both those gardens, remembering the fragrance. Take a walk past her old house and you might see her wisteria hanging over the back fence in the alley!

  7. Sandy says:

    Oh.. I will go look for that wisteria… I’m headed out on a walk before the sun sets, and I’ll go that way! Mrs. Bogard was my 3rd grade teacher. Sweet memories. I know you’re really missing your mother this week, Margret. Hugs for you!

  8. Mary Anne says:

    My mother always had beautiful roses in the back yard. The hedge roses in the front yard are still beautiful or at least they were last summer when I came through town. She had a beautiful coral rose in the front corner flowerbed. I would love to find one that color. My roses came back really quickly and have been blooming for about a week and a half. I was surprised after the hard freeze we also had. Good luck with yours.

  9. Sandy says:

    I think Portales will have lots of blooming roses by the end of next week. Mary Anne, I’ll drive by the house and have a look.

  10. M. Sue Moore says:

    The picture of you and your Nana is a precious memory.
    A picture that lives in memory only was the summer we visited Tulsa when our grandson, about 8-y-o, came in from outdoors bringing a few roses to me. His parents seemed so surprised, I immediately realized something must be wrong. It was just that he had allowed their neighbor to share unaware.
    Smiling at the memory of a little boy’s love for his grandma~he is now 35-y-o.
    Sue

  11. Sandy says:

    No one could be upset with such a precious gesture!

  12. Kristi says:

    The Peace Rose was my grandma’s favorite. When she passed away you sent me a rose bush to plant in her memory. I adore that bush. It is a reminder of Grandma and her love for flowers and a reminder that I have a special, sweet friend.

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