Rose Cuttings – May, 2010

Wildflower display at Captain Robertson’s house, a homesite in Independence. All photos courtesy of Mike Shoup.

A Glorious Spring for Roses

This spring proved to be exceptional in the performance of wildflowers, fruit trees and roses in our part of Texas. As I wrote in last month’s article, consistently cold temperatures and lots of slow, soaking rains this past January and February primed the gardens for a glorious display — one the likes of which I had never witnessed before.

Our two display garden centers (in Independence and San Antonio) were absolutely beautiful. Flowers and fragrance were so plentiful that there was an increased demand for many roses that normally take second place to the more popular varieties like ‘KnockOut’ and ‘Belinda’s Dream’.

Please enjoy this 2010 photographic spring tour of the Antique Rose Emporium in Independence and San Antonio, Texas.

About the author: Mike Shoup is the owner of the Antique Rose Emporium. Visit his company’s Brenham and San Antonio display gardens for endless ideas on landscaping with roses. To order roses online, visit

‘Climbing Pinkie’ on the Independence gazebo.

‘Penelope’ Alley, Independence.

Left: ‘Fortune’s Double Yellow’, San Antonio.
Right: Gazebo Alley, Independence.

‘Archduke Charles’ at the Hacienda, San Antonio.

‘Peggy Martin’, Independence.

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