Photo courtesy of brittie
Texas, United States
My garden has a mixture of modern and antique roses. I also include daylilies, fruits and veggies, louisiana iris, salvias and little bits of this and that. I am definitely a laid back person, and my garden practices show that. I don't run around fussing over everything and plants really need to be able to defend themselves against the heat, humidity, chili thrips, blackspot (I don't spray), tropical systems (including hurricanes), my pit bull Charlie who bulldozes through the garden on the regular with his pal Winnie, and our newest addition and terror of the garden, puppy Fiona.
We live in the Houston, TX area (La Porte) and my garden is located within walking distance of the bay. Our climate is humid sub-tropical with an extremely long growing season of about 300 or more days and an average of 50 inches of rain per year (we got this much during Hurricane Harvey, but luckily didn't flood). Average temps in January range from 40 to 60, while during "Summer" we have six months or more of days above 80 degrees (80 is usually the low temp during June, July, August and September). Our soil is clay gumbo and grows some REALLY big roses.
I have very little shade in my yard- sun from dawn till dusk. Performing best are generally the antiques, teas and chinas in particular. They bloom through the winter and sleep during the heat of summer for the most part, though Rock Hill Peach Tea and Trinity don't miss a beat. I don't care if blooms shrink during the summer, or if the plants get ragged in August, I just want them to survive.
I'm also dabbling with raising OP seedlings of various roses, mostly with those that do well in our conditions.
Experienced (17 years)
Breeder, Society member
Last visit: Saturday, December 15th