Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Just Can't Pass Chamblee's When You Are In East Texas

Angie and I made a bittersweet trip to Shreveport recently.  Her father's house is about to be sold and we needed to finish removing many of the personal items.  It was good to see Angie's brother and family but hard to work though another layer of grief after Clyde's death.  With a truck full of personal items we started our way back to Oklahoma knowing we would pass through Tyler, Texas.  I don't think it is possible for me to drive through Tyler without stopping at Chamblee's Rose Nursery, but with so little room I thought about not stopping.  As you would imagine my green thumb turned the steering wheel, and I found myself pulling into the familiar parking lot.
We are still in early February, so even greenhouse roses in Texas are just now coming out of dormancy.  A good thing as it will be another month before I will want to plant roses with new growth here in Oklahoma.  Even so, it was nice to see a few rose blooms as we walked our way through the two greenhouses they have open to the public.  The many other greenhouses have roses growing in various stages of getting ready for the market. 

This would be a good time to point out the three reasons I like to get roses from Chamblee's. 1. They grow roses that grow well in my area and they are actively working with the Earth Kind Roses program to provide roses to the public which will be healthy and vigorous plants through out their lives.  2. Chamblee's provides roses grown on their own roots rather than grafted to another rose's rootstock.  I believe this provides better plants for the long run.  3. They provide nice sized healthy plants at a very good price.  At $8.95 or $11.95 for one gallon plants, I spent just over $80 and left there with 8 plants.  They do provide 3 gallon plants which are much bigger, but I'm too cheap for that.
I could have easily bought many more, but it was hard enough finding room in the truck for the 8 I did buy.  They have so many varieties I would like to grow, and the plants look so healthy it took a great deal of restraint to stop when I did.  If there is anyway you can manage it, I think you should try to make the drive to Tyler, Texas this spring to visit Chamblee's and to visit the Tyler Rose Garden.  They are must see places for the Rosarian.  For that matter, add visiting the American Rose Society Garden in Louisiana just an hour down the road as well.
The roses I came home with show my unique and varied taste in roses.  The first three are miniatures: Rise N Shine, Green Ice, and Sachet.  I have had Green Ice before, but I think it did not survive the move.  Rise N Shine is a very healthy yellow mini which I have not grow before.  Sachet is a mauve/lavender miniature that has been around since 1985.  The next two are sentimental picks Shreveport, whose orange blended color I enjoy and it will remind us of Clyde since he so enjoyed living in Shreveport. This year I am also adding a hybrid tea, which is something I have not done in a long time. Dolly Parton, is a hybrid tea whose fragrant and very large blossoms are something I have always been drawn to but have never grown before.  With Shreveport and Dolly both sporting orange, I think I will put them on either side of the gate to the backyard and then flanked by the next roses.  These roses are less upright, shrub roses that follow my love of purple/lavender roses and are Purple Rain and Twilight Zone.  The orange and purple together may be too much, but it will be away from most of my other roses.  I also added a David Austin rose I have not grown before Glamis Castle.  I have not had good success with his white roses, but many people say that Glamis Castle is the best of these. I just want to give it another try, so here we go with Glamis Castle.  

With the 22 roses I recently moved here, that puts us at 30 roses that will be brand new to our yard.  This 30 does not include a couple I have ordered and will tell you about later, or the rose I was given by a beautiful young woman in our church or the seeding I found growing in my mother's garden.  As I started moving the roses I noticed what was clearly a young rose sprouting up underneath the red miniature moss rose Unconditional Love. I will tell you much more about these as the season comes on, but for now, take a visit to Chamblee's Rose Nursery either on-line or in person.  You will be glad you did. 

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