In 1986 these Blaze roses were growing in my yard in Mesquite. My grandson, Eric, helped to prepare the soil and set out the roses. A trellis was attached to the fence for them to climb.

"The Lord reigns, let the earth be glad" Psalm 97:1

This antique rose was given to us by our postman, who got it from a woman in our neighborhood. She obtained it from a yard in Plano. The people who had lived in the house that formerly stood in that yard were some of the original settlers in that town. In the spring this rose grows aggressively. We must trim it to keep it from encroaching on our neighbor's property. The long canes are covered with cascading clusters of pink roses. It is susceptible to powdery mildew, so we have to spray it regularly with Garlic/Pepper Tea to control the fungus. (See recipe below) It will also help to control blight and aphids and is environmentally friendly.

This Tyler rose grows in our yard and is very fragrant. The cut flowers last for several days.

We enjoy growing flowers with Biblical names. We have two of these Joseph's Coat roses growing in our yard.

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Garlic/Pepper Tea Recipe

Liquify 2 cloves of garlic. (Use two whole bulbs). You will need to add some water to them in the blender, then strain through a cloth to remove the pulp. Otherwise it will clog your sprayer.

1 Tbsp. seaweed
1 Tbsp. vinegar
1 Tbsp. molasses
1 Tbsp. ground red pepper
1 Tbsp. LOC

Add enough water to make 1 gallon. Store in the refrigerator. When you are ready to use it, add 1/4 cup of the concentrate to 1 gallon of water. Spray every 2 weeks.

Garden Crape Myrtles