Neglected old memorial rose garden

northtexasdude(7b)October 25, 2012

Right now for work I am temporarily living in a little old town in West Texas. Recently I found the city's memorial rose garden. Currently it is in a sad state, the irrigation hoses broken in pieces, overgrown weeds, dead roses and no name labels. Even with the messy state it is in, I find this old rose gardens beautiful, especially with the old rock walls borders. If I could pickup this garden and rock walls and move it to my real house I would.

Anyways, today I found some blooms and just thought I would share them.

Even in a state of neglect, there is beauty to an old rose garden.

I love the 1920's rock walls:

Overgrown weeds and half-dead roses, but oh the potential!:

Fragrant red. Crystler Imperial?:

Beautiful buttery yellow. No fragrance:

The picture doesn't show the yellow interior, but this large rose bush looks to be Hot Cocoa. This surprises me since rose is a fairly recent variety:

A very large, chiffon pink bloom with a medium old rose fragrance:

Hope you enjoyed.

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seil zone 6b MI

How lovely and sad at the same time. Maybe you could give it a little TLC?!

    Bookmark   October 25, 2012 at 7:59PM
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amberroses(10a)

It looks like someone cared a lot about the garden and then no one did anymore. It is really sad. The roses look pretty good despite the neglect. I hope some rosy gardeners find it again someday and bring it back to its former glory.

Maybe if you posted the name of the town someone living nearby will be motivated to go and tend it?

    Bookmark   October 26, 2012 at 10:19PM
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northtexasdude(7b)

Its Alpine, TX. I am actually tempted to contact the parks department and ask if it is ok for me plant some of my potted roses that aren't making the cut in my garden.

    Bookmark   October 26, 2012 at 11:04PM
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canadian_rose(zone 3a)

I love those old walls too!! I would love to have them in my yard.
Carol

    Bookmark   October 27, 2012 at 2:19PM
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TNY78(7a-East TN)

I have the urge to get in there and clean it up!!! I wish it were closer to me :)

Tammy

    Bookmark   October 29, 2012 at 8:32PM
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Krista_5NY

A lovely and special place, thanks for sharing.

    Bookmark   November 1, 2012 at 7:53PM
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zeffyrose_pa6b7(6b7)

Oh my --how sad---I love the stone walls---and that beautiful deep red rose looks very healthy even with all the neglect

wouldn't it be wonderful if a group of rose lovers could adopt this place-----
How far are you from the Antique Rose Emporium ?maybe you could ask Mike Shoup for some suggestions
Good Luck
Florence

    Bookmark   November 8, 2012 at 9:12PM
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