I live to grow flowers. I am also glad that I have lived long enough to find the best gardening
partner I could ever have wished for.
Monday, June 6, 2011
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. Colossians 3:15
A new rose was being pollinated in June of 1936 in France, a troubled country. Just 9 days before the pollination of the Peace Rose a baby girl was born in America. I was the baby girl. My Mother gave birth to 3 boys before me, all of them are now gone. This rose was not named until the trouble was over in France. The baby girl was named Elsie Juanita. Juanita was after a child my Mother baby sat when she was younger. Francis Millard and his father pollinated this new rose, and sent the eyes out of France on the last plane to leave before the Nazi invasion. The father and son sent the new rose to 4 countries Turkey, Germany, Italy, and the USA. They sent them to people they trusted finish their work. The man in America who received the rose, Robert Pyle of Concord-Pyle propagated this new rose and sent it to the American Rose Society for testing. In 1944 after France was liberated, Pyle wrote to Meilland to tell him that he planned to release this beautiful rose. He sent a long stem rose to each member of the Rose Society. It became a popular rose, all people were ready for peace. The Peace Rose is a tea rose, blooms on long stems, and it is a repeat bloomer. So they named the rose Peace Rose hoping to heal wounds that would take several generations to heal. I was 8 years old when the the Peace Rose was released. Our men landed on the shores of Normandy on June 06, 1944. D- Day, my birthday. I remember my Daddy coming home from the war. We were very happy to see him. Lets not forget the Vets that died on that day. I never fail to think about them. Plant one of these beautiful roses and pray that we some day can live in peace. I wish everyone would plant a garden instead of hate. Hope you have enjoyed my Birthday blog. I had a birthday party Saturday with a fine young man another June baby born in 2006. I am very proud to share my birthday with a handsome young man my great grandson Connor. Ace we call him. He sure is a card.
I hope you will continue to watch my garden grow and plant one of your.