Red Roses in a field.

Summer is Here

Red Roses in a field.We’ve had an exceptionally cold spring up here in the great land, so it’s hard for me to think summer thoughts, but here we are going into June already!

I’m just hoping it’ll be warm enough to get my garden planted soon, but in the meantime I’m looking at gardens from the lower 48.
Peggy Martin had a beautiful garden with over 450 varieties of roses and flowers in her Louisiana home prior to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. When she was able to return home after the destruction, she found one spot of green in her destroyed garden: a wild old-fashioned rose that had never been named. As this rose thrived, it brought hope and encouragement to everyone through their loss, and has become a symbol of hope throughout the world. Southern Living Magazine has written about Peggy Martin’s story several times, and you can learn more about the story and growing your own there.

Cute, smiling green frog on a rose vine. From "The Rose Without a Name" by Nancy Rust and Carol Stubbs.A 'Peggy Martin' old-fashioned rose vine draped over a yellow shed. From "The Rose Without a Name" by Nancy Rust and Carol Stubbs.Teachers Nancy Rust and Carol Stubbs, who lived in the area, decided this was a story kids needed to know about, so wrote The Rose Without a Name to spread the word.

The colorful illustrations by Melissa Vandiver pull you through the story while cute animals and insects interact with the rose. We begin when it was a no-name rose, experience the storm, and are warmed by the hope and pride afterwards. By the end the flower actually exudes happiness.

"The Rose Without a Name: The story of the Katrina Rose" by Nancy Rust & Carol Stubbs. A bee flies over old-fashioned roses near a sign that says,"Peggy Martin's Garden." As an Added bonus, The Rose Without a Name   is on sale this month for just $18.50, so be sure to get your copy and prepare for the long summer months!