Survived to Live!

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

© rgb for “On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea”, 2011 – 2012

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Jingle Poetry Week 31
Nature, Color, Rainbow

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About becca givens

Becca is an artist, poet, and animal communicator. She delights in cooking, nurturing, and sharing a rich spiritual life with others on the Path.
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19 Responses to Survived to Live!

  1. elizena says:

    I loved this and I have to agree that I felt and heard hope throughout this. We know that when everything is going badly there’s still hope for a miracle, it doesn’t have to be supernatural, it can be God just giving us the rain that we so desperately need. Will read you again. Be blessed!


  2. wightrabbit says:

    I love the message of hope that nature has demonstrated here – and everywhere! Thank you, Becca!


  3. granbee says:

    Glory hallelujah for those hardy antique roses, especially the “katrina” rose! Great encouragement to keep digging away out there to refresh and replenish your garden, right?


  4. How the weather can influence life…drought to rain. I enjoyed your reflections.


  5. irene says:

    Lovely roses, lovely garden of words.


  6. Beautiful delving into thought around all, lovely haiku and photos!


  7. souldipper says:

    They must be “antique” for a very good reason. They have lived through it all? That is so sweet!


  8. Mary says:

    No shortage of rain here at the moment. Would be nice if there would be a happy medium. No drought, no severe storms! Sigh.


  9. Hey Becca! I certainly know what you mean, and, though it’s not the focal point, I touch on it in this poem I wrote today. Actually, I was surprised at what survived the drought, but I think the rain this spring helped tremendously. We have had lots and lots of rain here in College Station. The storms missed us today, however; just a few sprinkles.


  10. nan says:

    Nourishing spring rain! Ahhh! Lovely photos to go along with the haiku!


  11. haikudoyou says:

    love the juxtaposition of weather extremes! I think we all have been experiencing them in some form – Much of what I planted hasn’t come back yet – here’s hoping – beautiful roses, pictures and words!


  12. booguloo says:

    I guess hard work has its benefits!


  13. magicalmysticalteacher says:

    Bless the rain, bless every nourishing drop!

    “More Dead Than Alive”


  14. kaykuala says:

    How nice Beca! The rose proved itself a real Katrina Rose, hardy,to be given a new phase of life! You can never go wrong with beautiful roses! Go for it Ma’am!



  15. tigerbrite says:

    Good post Becca. Keep smelling the roses.


  16. jhasmoments says:

    Becca this is a very nice post 🙂 and as always I love your haikus!! 🙂
    all the best to you 🙂


  17. Hi Becca, yes the weather is a concern along with water shortages.. so happy to see your rose survived my friend… Here to in the UK we have water bans in place.. Hope your weather improves, as I see the USA is having its share of really Bad Storms of late… Keep safe and Smiling.. Love
    Sue xox


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