Heritage, Volume 7, Number 2, Spring 1989 Page: 10
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TAYLOR PUBLISHING COMPANY, DALLAS
As I gazed back in memory of
grandmother's garden my first picture was of a
beautiful althea which stood at the right of the
gate... The house faced south and on the right
or east side of the small veranda was a yellow
climber, the yellow Banksia. On the left or
west side was a dark crimson double, cupped
climber, Cramoisi Superieur. It appeared to
be a continuous bloomer. A small passage on
the east side of the house led down to a lot.. .on
which was a quaint 'story and a half house
belonging to grandmother... This passage was
lined with roses of every hue, form and fragrance.
The roses of Provence were well remembered
for the way the leaves wrapped
about one another and for this reason they were
called cabbage roses...
Then, too, grandmother often spoke of the
beautiful gardens in France, which she much
admired when she was at the Court of St.
Cloud, as the wife of an Ambassador plenipotentiary-Texas
was part of Mexico at this
time. I believe that the crimson Glorie des
Rosomanes, the Louis Phillippe, the rose
flesh-colored Madame Bosanquet, and perhaps
others came from the Gardens of St.
In the front yard of this garden were moss
and tea roses of different colors and delicious
10 HERITAGE * SPRING 1989
A watercolor interpretation of the Republic of
Texas Vice President Lorenzo de Zavala's garden
plan in Harrisburg, Texas. Original watercolor by
Karen Benson, courtesy Taylor Publishing Company,
perfume. Outlining the beds were violets,
pansies, forget-me-nots, and Johnny-jumpups.
Along the fence were pinks, verbenas and
geraniums of many kinds and colors and beautiful
pink Texas stars. There were also lady
slippers (moccasin flower) and larkspur. In the
southeast corner was a cape jasmine-quite a
large bush with beautiful blooms.
On the west side, north of the magnolia
tree, was a long bed of flower de Louis
(irises).. .Further along, on the west side, were
coxcombs, bachelor buttons, old maids (zinnias),
touch-me-nots (sensitive plants), hollyhocks,
marigolds, etc. and next came a bed of
sweet-scented herbs of various kinds-and in
the northwest corner, a rose bower.
I remember one among which she called her
later roses, which she loved, the Marechal
Neil, a beautiful yellow; the light pink Catherine
Mermet was another; also the double
white Ducher, the rose-colored Paul Neyron,
the lovely pink La France and the rosy-pink
moss rose, Salet, double and fragrant."
The article concluded with the following
challenge to her fellow Texas citizens:
Nearly three thousand years ago the rose
was styled by the Athenians "Queen of the
Flowers," and few today will dispute that this
title was fittingly bestowed.
Texas is a land of flowers, a land of such
varied soil and climate, that nearly everything
grows. Why not, now, as a preparation for
visitors during the Centennial Year, plant
more roses of all sorts, so that every vacant spot
shall produce a plant? Visitors will then exclaim
over the quantity and beauty of our
roses, and name us... The State of the
Roses... The Lone Star State.
Dr. Welch is in the Department of Horticultural
Sciences and serves as
Extension Landscape Horticulturist at
Texas A&M University. His book Perennial
Garden Color is a comprehensive
work on perennials, old garden roses and
the cottage gardening concept in Texas
and the Gulf South. Taylor Publishing
Company of Dallas is scheduled to release
the book in March 1989. Dr. Welch
serves as a member of the Faculty Steering
Comn- mittee for the Center for
Historic Resources at A&M.
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