After record breaking drought, water rationing and extremely high temperatures last summer in Texas, we were not sure what, if anything, would survive in our garden. When water rationing became rigid, our main emphasis became focused on saving the antique roses, especially the newly planted “Katrina” Roses (aka Peggy Martin Rose, a rose which survived the drowning of New Orleans in Hurricane Katrina, August 28, 2005) … a piece of “home” for me!
Surveying the garden earlier in this year, we had doubts about many of the hardy shrubs and trees. This did not give us much hope for the perennials or roses, all of which looked like skeletons of bones.
Thanks to generous March and April rains, we are tickle in discovering the first flowers of the “Katrina Roses”, as well as the draping, cascade of the “Pinkie” near our front porch.
We (mostly me 🙂 ) have spent the past week, digging out dead shrubs, trees, and plants. The flower beds look quite bare with large unoccupied spaces. However, as we end each arduous session of weeding and sorting, we are granted the reward of perfume and beauty from the survivors of time … hardy antique roses … Alive and well!!
Scathing summer drought
Vengeance to nature’s bounty
Nourishing spring rain
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