Southern Charm

Lady Banks Rose

On the way home from our antiques weekend, my friends and I took a detour through Independence so we could stop at the Antique Rose Emporium. And I left there without having bought even one rose. No, there's not anything wrong with me (well, not anything new, at least). There weren't many roses in bloom yet, which made resisting temptation a LOT easier, as did knowing that there's limited room on my corner of Katy for more roses. Although the HG suggests we could take out a little more grass ...

I did buy three 4-inch pots of Verbascum 'Southern Charm', a perennial whose muted colors will look lovely somewhere in the garden. Don't ask me where exactly ... the Head Gardener hasn't decided that yet.

Our answer to the below was a resounding yes!

The building near the windmill is an old stone cottage from the 1800s.

The Beatrix Potter Garden is designed with children in mind.

I'm not sure what these structures for climbing roses are called. They seem too grand to be called tuteurs.

This is the new sales building, which replaces the original structure that was destroyed by a fire in 2008.

This is another of the outbuildings on the premises.

I'll be darned, we CAN grow Hellebores in Texas!

The Texas Mountain Laurels are in bloom but my allergies prevented me from enjoying their sweet grape soda fragrance.
Can you spot the honey bee burrowed inside a bloom?

Since I was with non-gardening friends, this was a brief visit. I'm thinking I should go back in a few weeks, when the roses are in full and riotous bloom, and make up for lost time!


Thank you for taking me on this trip! You know I have never been, and have recently been bitten by the "rose bug" I will have to visit one of these days!
Gail said…
It looks like a delightful nursery~~It must smell wonderful when fragrant roses are in bloom! Settings like one resonate with me~I think my earliest memories were family farms with outbuildings and gardens. gail
Anonymous said…
Cindy, your trip and words brought it all back to me. I love ARE and wish I could visit it right now, no, actually in April when the roses bloom. Love those giant umbrella teteurs (don't know if that is what they are called, but they look like umbrellas). Wonderful visit and yes, grow hellebores.~~Dee
Cindy, MCOK said…
MT, you would love ARE! It's a wonderful place to while away a few hours.

Gail, when the roses are all in bloom, it's a little piece of paradise on earth.

Dee, come on down! I'd love to go again in April.