Monday, January 25, 2010

What to do on a cool, windy Monday

What do you do on a cool, windy Monday in late January? Why, you order roses!
That is exactly what I did today! I haven't had roses in ages, but have been bitten by the rose bug. Not just any rose though..I decided I really wanted to try antique roses. Something like my Grandmother may have had. I have always wanted to go to Brenham (Texas) to The Antique Rose Emporium, but that is several hours from Dallas. And, some day I will go for a visit; however for today I looked at their website and saw that I could order online. The roses are kind of expensive ($18.95) so I only ordered 2. I had no idea which kind I wanted, but the website helps you decide by giving you options to choose from: shrub, climbing, fragrance, color, etc. I knew I wanted a repeat bloomer that was fragrant. That narrowed my search a little. Then I just browsed through the available section, picked ones of interest to read about, and made my decision.
I chose this yellow
doches" first. As you all know, I LOVE yellow. This is the description the Rose Emporium gives about this rose:

doches” or
“Grandma’s Yellow” as it is known in some circles, is a real eye catcher! The bright yellow roses appear throughout the growing season on an upright shrub and are excellent for cutting. We feel this rose is a modern Floribunda, but unlike its modern rose cousins, it has proven to be disease resistant.

I knew I wanted a pink rose, but had no clue what to select. Reading about this rose named
"Odee Pink", made it an easy decision:

"Easy to grow and always in bloom, this unknown old Tea is what one might term "gardener friendly". The double, loosely-formed pale pink flowers seem the sort that Grandmother might have pinned to her shawl so she could enjoy the perfume as she went about her daily chores."

How sweet is that?

I have been excited all afternoon about ordering these plants. They should arrive the second week of February. Guess I need to get the bed ready pretty soon. I have some great dirt just waiting for a new home!
Sure was a great January Monday!


GardenJoy4Me said...

Linda ! I often visit that website because they have so much information ... it is great !!
I love your selections and I get so excited too when I order plants .. not too often because I can find a lot around Kingston .. but doing this in the midst of winter lifts a gardener's mood dramatically ? LOL

Meadowview Thymes said...

Joy, so cool you know if this place too. I hope the 2 roses I picked out will do well. You say the site has good information--I need to read up on how to take care of these, but one reason I wanted antiques was because they are suppose to be easy to take care of. And yes, my spirits were lifted yesterday--I was excited all afternoon! :)

tina said...

I can almost smell them from here! So glad you have some roses and I suspect they'll bring you much pleasure.

misterreereeder said...

Great choices!! If I remember correct, isn't there another "rose" place closer by just east of Dallas area? In Tyler I think. Have you been there?

JenningsJunk said...

Looking forward to seeing your roses bloom! Mom perked up when she saw your choices. She's a rose person thru and thru :D

Meadowview Thymes said...

They will bring me pleasure Tina! I am so excited about these antiques. Hope they do well! I need to read up on how to plant them and take care of them.

MR-there is a rose place in Tyler. Tyler is well know for it's roses, and yes, I have been there when they have been in full bloom. It's lovely!

JJ-tell Mom I will keep her updated. My Mother was excited as well. Mother use to have sooo many roses, but there were alot of trouble so she had to let them go. She can hopefully enjoy mine! :)

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to see these roses when they finally bloom! Good luck. I dearly love roses too, but my rose garden is full. Whatever shall I do?

Diana said...

Great to meet you through Texas Blogging Gals. So glad you got my button.

Enjoyed a first visit.

Come see me at my personal blog, too!

Meadowview Thymes said...

Robin, sounds like you could use another bed! :) Your roses are beautiful. I don't have much room, so I could never have many, but if these work out-I may get 1 or 2 more.

Hi Diana--glad to meet you too! Great idea for Texas Bloggers. I will head over to see your blog right after work. Have a great day!

Lola said...

I know you will enjoy these roses. I have 2 that my brother sent me & they are doing beautiful.

Nola @ the Alamo said...

I always think "Tyler" when someone in Texas mentions roses; I've never known about Brenham, I'll have to check out their website. First, I have to learn a little more about roses, like why mine always die!

Meadowview Thymes said...

Lola, I am looking forward to these. I don't know very much about roses. The ones I had before were pretty and smelled good, but had black spot all the time. I am hopeful the new ones will do better.

Nola, yep, I am with you on the lack of knowlegde about roses. The bushes I had lived quite some time, but I constantly fought black spot and aphids. I am really thinking the antiques are easier. Fingers are crossed for better luck!

Skeeter said...

I love Roses so much but they dont seem to love me. I never have luck with them so I will enjoy everyone else's roses on the blogs... Sigh, even my brother has the most beautiful roses each year....

Anonymous said...

Is it too early for us to plan a trip to Brenham??

I have had great success with knockout roses and I'd love to try some antiques!

your sister (Kim)

Meadowview Thymes said...

Oh Skeeter that is so frustrating! You can grow anything so I am surprised. I'll let you know how my 2 new plants do. The roses I had years ago had some pretty blooms, but I just didn't take good care of them.

Hey Sister(Kim)-where you live the antiques would do great.
If I was at your house, the trip would be a fun day trip. It is way too far from here. We need to do that...after the quilt show. Maybe next spring. Start looking at dates...planning menus, etc. :)

Cindy, MCOK said...

Linda, if you ever do make plants to visit ARE, you must let me know when you'll be there. I'm only 1-1/2 hours away, and it's an easy drive. A reason to go there is always welcome!

I hope your new roses will be a source of beauty and joy for many years!

Meadowview Thymes said...

Cindy, I will definetly let you know. I don't think I will be able to make a trip to Brenham this year, but maybe next!