Thursday, December 9, 2010

Bonnie's Greenhouse: Knockout Roses

Knock out Roses in Mom's Garden
Just a quick update about a favorite greenhouse Pat and I shop at regularly.  It's Bonnie's Greenhouse in Bellmead, Texas [near Waco, Texas].  Below is a photo of a Knockout Rose bush Pat's mom bought us last year. 

She insisted on buying us one of every color as she intends to "visit" her rose garden regularly!  We are very appreciative of her gift and know these roses will be a lovely addition to our garden for many years to come.  According to E-How, Knockout Roses were developed by Bill Radler, a rose breeder who won an award for his drought-resistant, hearty rose bush.  I must tell you that compared to the Antique Roses Pat and I bought several years ago, so far the Knockouts are our favorites.  They literally bloom all year round!  There is very little pruning, so far no diseases to speak of, and little to no extra watering other than mother nature's contributions. 

Whether you are a rose fan or not, if you live within 100 miles of Waco, you must plan a Saturday trip to Bonnie's Greenhouse.  They have Knockouts, herbs, annuals, perinnials, and tons of gardening advice for this region of Texas.  Let me know if you get to go by sometime.  I would like to hear what you think!!

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