Sunday, March 7, 2010

New Roses

One cold sunny day in the middle of February the UPS driver knocked on my door with a wonderful surprise. My roses had arrived! I was so excited. They came in this big box and I thought were packaged well. I could not wait to open it and see what they looked like. I was expecting 2 wrapped up stems..or something like that.
But to my surprise I opened the box and found 2 nice size little rose bushes with leaves on them! I was so impressed with the caution the Rose Emporium took when they packed these. I think those people must really have a passion for what they do to take such care with traveling roses.
The instructions said to unpack them as soon as you get them, and to plant them as soon as you can. However it also said if you can't plant right away, make sure you keep them watered and give them sun. Since it was still getting into the 20's at night, I decided I better keep them in the containers for a few more weeks. I added a little more soil to the containers and for the last few weeks they have been watered, moved to the sunny patio during the day, and tucked into the garage at night.
I talked to them (I know you talk to your plants too, right?) and explained why they were being moved around so much and assured them they would be placed in their new home as soon as it warmed up a bit. They both seemed to understand the situation and were very happy for those sunny days on the patio.
Spring has not arrived of course, but the nights have warmed up and I felt like the roses needed to get in the ground, so yesterday was the day for them to arrive to their new home. If the temps take a nose dive, I will be sure and cover them. This rose is Nacogdoches, my "Yellow Rose of Texas."


And this small leafed rose is Odee Pink. Remember, it's the rose they say your grand-
mother may have picked to pin on her dress for the sweet fragrance. I don't know what kind of roses my Grandmother had, but I know she loved them and had quite a few that smelled wonderful; so this little bush is dedicated to that memory.
I hope my new roses love their new home, and produce many colorful and fragrant blooms. Antique roses are suppose to be easy to care for. The instructions that came with them gave me good information and I will try and follow all the guidelines. I did not have a lot of luck in the past with roses, but I feel myself falling in love with these. I'll wait and see how they do, but I already have a couple of others in mind to order next year. Today we have mild temps and drizzly rain. Perfect weather for the roses in their new home.



"There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of it's existence."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

19 comments:

Balisha said...

Those roses look wonderful.I haven't had a lot of luck with them...only the knockouts. I'll be back to see how they are doing. Thanks for leaving a comment today.
Balisha

Susie said...

Linda I hope they do good for you. Don't you just love surprises?

You can't tell they were ever shipped in the mail. They look great.

Meadowview Thymes said...

Balisha, I am anxious to see if they do as well as I hear. I don't think I have the best conditions for roses, but I got the "rose bug" back in the fall.
Enjoy the awards tonight! :)

I loved this surprise Susie! I couldn't believe they looked so good. One of these days I just have to visit that Antique Rose Emporium in Brenham. It would be an overnight trip though, but what fun!

Msrobin said...

Can't wait to see how those roses bloom! I've got some mini rose houseplants that will go into the garden once spring arrives. I've had success with that in the past.

JenningsJunk said...

WooHoo!! how excitiing!! I'm looking forward to seeing their blooms ;-)

Meadowview Thymes said...

MsRobin, do you move your miniature roses out in summer, then in again in fall? How fun would that be! I hope my new little ones do well. I look forward to many blooms and wonderful frangrances.

JJ--I am looking forward to success too. I will be sure and share! :)

tina said...

I remember when you ordered them so it's exciting to see them in place. I hope they do fantastic for you.

Meadowview Thymes said...

Tina--I hope so too. Never being a real rose person, I need to learn how to take care of them, although what I read from the Emporium, there is not much you need to do.

misterreereeder said...

At least you can talk to plants and get away with it - without being hauled away - ha ha!!! I'm sure the thrill of being planted was mutual. Can't wait to see the results!!!

Meadowview Thymes said...

Tee hee MR--you wouldn't believe how often I talk to my plants!! :)

Nola @ the Alamo said...

Good luck with your new roses! We sure get excited when plants arrive in the mail; i'll bet the UPS guys get a good laugh.

Lola said...

Shoot, I talk to my plants all the time & have even spanked my trees. Neighbors thought I'd gone mad.
Roses look great. Ground up banana peels put around the base of them help a lot. Makes them smell better, sweeter.

Meadowview Thymes said...

Nola--lol! I never thought about what the UPS guys must think! I have never received anything this large before, but I sure do a happy dance when seeds come in the mail.

Yeah Lola, I talk to my plants alot, but never spanked a tree! :)
Really! Ground banana peels! Well, I certainly have enough of those. I eat a banana every morning! Thanks for the tip! So..when do I start doing that? Now, or later in spring?

CiNdEe said...

Wow that is cool(-: They look really nice and healthy too!! I bet you can't wait to see them bloom!!!!(-: I love surprises like that too!!!!

Meadowview Thymes said...

You're right Cindee--I can't wait to see them bloom! We had storms last night--I am anxious to go out this morning and make sure they are ok.

Skeeter said...

Ah, no Texas Garden is complete without a Yellow Rose! Texas was the only place I had roses and I about killed them all. I just dont have luck with roses. I am impressed with the ones you received in the mail. Packaged so well and pretty much ready to go! I can only imagine the smile on your face when you open the box :-) Cant wait to see them blooming in all their glory….

Meadowview Thymes said...

Oh Skeeter--that smile on my face was really big!! I can't tell you how excited I was. I agree with you about the yellow rose--every Texas needs one..and now I have mine! Yee-haw!! :)

Lola said...

As soon as you put it into the ground. For a real kick grind the banana peels & egg shells together & pour the water & contents around the plant. It's better if you put the peels & shells just under the ground. Go for once a month. You will see a difference.
Good luck.

Meadowview Thymes said...

Thanks so much for the advice Lola!! I can't wait to see the beautiful, fragrant blooms! :)