A Visit to the Antique Rose Emporium
On a recent weekend, we caught enough of a break in the rain to get in a visit to the Antique Rose Emporium in Independence, Texas.
Along with hundreds of roses, there are brightly colored perennials, shade plants, and herbs, and you just want to take them all home.
But the thing I love best is that the atmosphere is so relaxed, more like a park than a business. There are some busloads of tourists, and people wander everywhere, just chatting with their friends and taking pictures. No one is following you around, trying to insist you buy things. And while there are some pricey garden ornaments for sale, many others are things put together from some old supplies and a little elbow grease, things you could easily replicate at home.
I had a hard time deciding which rose to take home this time. I love amusing names, so I considered Granny Grimmetts and Madame Norbert Levavasseur. I had settled on General Schablikine, because, really, can you think of a better rose name than that? But it didn’t have much of a scent, so I went with Maggie instead. She may have a plain name, but she has beautiful deep pink ruffled petals and a lovely pure scent.
And of course, I have to finish up with some yellow roses for Texas!