Tyler, Texas, hosts Smith County Master Gardeners’ bulb sale every October. A drawing card for the 2019 sale was Greg Grant. He is a Texas plant guru, who has discovered and named quite a few natives. Before the actual sale started, he spoke about the attributes of each bulb that would be for sale. Naturally, this created interest in the sale and made us all lust for each type of bulb.
Tyler Convention Center was the sale location. Behind the center are the famous Tyler Rose Gardens.
Tangerine Streams Rose is a Floribunda, which tends to be shorter bush roses. Floribundas bloom with flowers in clusters.
Hybrid teas were created by cross-breeding two types of roses. They bloom with one flower at the end of a long stem.
Coretta Scott King is a Grandiflora, which is a cross between a hybrid tea rose and a floribunda rose. This is a florist rose with flower center taller than the outside petals. Plus, the long stems make it easy for use in bouquets.
There are hundreds of different roses. I love them all, but to have them in my yard requires raised beds, amending the soil, and watering them. That limits my choices.
Tyler is in East Texas, with high rain-fall and good soil. Perfect spot for roses.
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