My Mom, loved to garden(wonder if that is where I got my
passion?!) She grew the most beautiful roses ever! Jackson
and Perkins catalogue was her favorite dream source. She
would pour over that catalogue until the pages were crumpled.
She knew all of the differences between a Floribunda rose and
and a Hybrid-T rose. And one year she splurged and ordered
six red Hybrid-T rose bushes from Jackson and Perkins.
She and I would wait daily for the mail-anxiously anticipating
the arrival of the bare root red roses.
And then they arrived-all twelve of them! Yes, Jackson and
Perkins made an error and sent double the amount! At first
Mom didn't know what to think, then she called the number on
the invoice and the customer service representative told her
to go ahead and keep them!
So, she did and she nurtured each one of them like they were
her babies. It takes roses a few years to take hold-so she
tended to them, babied them along, fertilized them, water
them, protected them from heat and frost. They grew into
fine plants, a perfect rose garden. One that made the
neighbors stop and ooh and ahh over Marjorie's red roses.
Fall came and so did the County Fair, Mom clipped some of
her perfect roses and took them up to the Fairgrounds for the
big judging to take place early in the morning. She put them in
one of her special vases, and then she waited. I went to off
to school and when I came home Mom and I went up to the
Fairgrounds to find out whether she had qualified.
Not only did Mom qualify she took a blue ribbon! It was one
of the best Fall's we ever had! So, now I have my garden's
some of them are pansies, petunias, marigold, coleus, and
some are a rose garden.
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