June 24, 2013

Peggy Martin

The survivor rose, Peggy Martin, is famous for spending two weeks completely submerged under sea water after Hurricane Katrina. It lived and grew again. That's a rose with staying power.

In a friend's garden in June a Peggy Martin rose flowers with abundance. Hers is just six years old and looks as if it has been there forever. It is huge.

It's a difficult pink to use with other colors in a mixed border, and it's a rampant climber that needs room. By itself, draped over a big structure, with a view of the blue hills of Connecticut in the far distance, this survivor rose is a stunner.

The rose is breathtaking, but it is the pergola I really want you to notice.

Her husband built it for her 25 years ago. This fall they will celebrate 50 years of marriage with a trip to France, back to the place where they first met.

A marriage of great constancy and a pergola built halfway through the journey, bearing a rose famous for its endurance.

Perfect.

 

37 comments:

  1. What a lovely story, and a gorgeous rose. I don't think it's well known here, but it is a stunner.

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    1. Lyn, it would do well in your garden and you have the fence for it!

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    2. Too true, too many fences! But I can't find it available in Australia, although I'll keep trying.

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  2. What a stunning rose. I wish your friends a very happy 50th anniversary, too.

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  3. Wow, this is fabulous. The rose and the pergola. Amazing that it is so young and so huge. It is also fabulous that these people have stayed together so long. A beautiful story.

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    1. Lisa, I was surprised too that this rose has been there just six years. It seemed ancient!

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  4. Now that's a plant with a very cool story! I'm surprised it isn't in mainstream production, but that might only make it even more special. Your photos really its use in other gardens. Just need to find a spot where can I tuck one in!

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    1. Rob, If you find a spot to tuck in this rose, make sure it has room -- it's a spreader.

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  5. A perfect rose choice for such a sturdy structure and breathtakingly gorgeous setting. Congrats to your friends on their 50th year!

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    1. Sue, I agree, the setting and the rose go so well together. And the couple celebrating 50 years go well together too : )

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  6. Your last sentence is pure poetry :) And the rose is sooooo gorgeous as well as being a survivor.

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    1. Rosemary, it's remarkable that it survived, but it's really remarkable that it is so pretty too.

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  7. How wonderful that their marriage has endured all those years. The pergola is great. And that rose is fabulous! I have some newly planted Peggy Martins. Now just to wait a few years...

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    1. Holley, I want to see a post about your Peggy Martin roses. They flower at a very early age, with lots of pink blooms on tiny plants.

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  8. Wow, impressive! Also beautiful. A rose to build a garden around!

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    1. Jason, yes, you could build a whole design around that rose. And that's really what my friend did with her pergola and big beautiful rose.

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  9. Your garden makes my breath come short. Surely I've got some more work to do in my own... and surely I need to spend more time thinking about design rather than merely thinking about stuffing plants in the ground willy-nilly!

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    1. Sho'Nuff, That's a contrast I've been thinking about a lot lately -- garden designing versus plant collecting. Two different things, although both result in nice gardens. Thanks for your compliments!

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  10. I have a Peggy Martin, too! It's become one of my favorite plants. It bloomed like crazy the second summer after planting. 50 years of marriage is definitely something to celebrate. :o)

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    1. Tammy, I have seen little twigs of this rose blooming like crazy as baby plants. I can picture how lovely Peggy Martin would look in your garden.

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  11. Laurrie, I have a trellis for my climbing rose but it doesn't grow as your Peggy Martin!
    Is it hardy for zone 5? Nice rose, nice color.
    Have a nice week!

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    1. Nadezda, this is a very hardy rose, colder than zone 5. In fact it blooms all summer in the north in the US, but in the hot southern US states it stops blooming in mid summer. The colder the weather, the better this rose performs!

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  12. What a nice story. The rose is a beauty. The pergola is obviously made with love and a knowledge of the weight and habit of rambling roses.

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    1. Patty, thank you. The pergola had to be well made to last 25 years and hold up that rose!

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  13. Among qualities that appeal, endurance and beauty amount to a combination that's hard to beat. I love that rose and its role as metaphor extraordinaire.

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    1. Lee, yes, this rose embodies it all -- endurance and beauty.

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  14. The pergola and the rose are a wonderful combination and a great symbol of your friends' enduring marriage. I have heard of Peggy Martin rose, but I did not know of its survival through Hurricane Katrina. That sounds like my kind of rose!

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    1. Deb, Peggy Martin rose has a great story and is simply a beautiful grower too. I think it's my kind of rose as well : )

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  15. Lovely rose and a beautiful description.
    I hadn't somehow ever stumbled across that rose before!

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    1. Acair Fearann, I am so glad to introduce you to this rose!

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  16. What a lovely story, Laurrie! A beautiful rose, and congratulations to your friends on such a milestone.

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  17. What a great story...perfect rose for a perfect pair!

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  18. This is so lovely, and so beautifully described. Today is my parents' 45th wedding anniversary so this was nice to read about. Hooray for tenacity and enduring love. :)

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    1. Heather, an enduring marriage is something to celebrate. Congrats to your parents today.

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