Photo Credit – Chamblee’s Rose Nurseries
The Peggy Martin Rose symbolizes the tenacious survival skills of the rose. One of only two plants in the garden of its owner, Peggy Martin, to remain alive after immersion in 20 feet of water due to Hurricane Katrina. It is a ‘found’ rambler, virtually thornless, with a small prickle at the beginning of leaf growth, a profusion of dark pink blooms remontant after maturity from spring to hard frost. The entire story of its selection as a symbol of garden rebirth can be found in an article by Dr. William Welch at http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/southerngarden/PeggyMartinrose.html.
The Peggy Martin Rose is very hardy, can survive a below zero degree temperature and is disease-resistant, fast growing, and after established will bloom again in the Fall along with intermittent flower flushes through the year. Every year in spring, The Peggy Martin Rose will show a spectacular display of flower explosion bigger and more spectacular than the year before. In the south, it stops blooming in the hottest months of Summer but up north it will bloom continuously. The Peggy Martin Rose is a very vigorous plant so give it room to grow to show its full potential. It is great planted on a garden entrance arbor or structure. It is not a once bloomer!!!
TIP OF THE DAY: Live your life so that your epitaph could read “No regrets”.
Until next time. Stop and Smell the Roses