Peggy Martin Roses

2013-5-7 rose arbor 3

Our Rose arbor is in full bloom. The mother plants of our Peggy Martin Roses survived Hurricane Katrina. They were growing in the area of New Orleans that was underwater for almost two weeks. The salt water killed almost everything except these hardy roses. A commercial grower propagated them for sale. The tree to the right of the arbor is a Forest Pansy Red Bud.

2013-5-7 rose arbor 1

The best part is the Peggy Martins have NO THORNS. The arbor itself is made of a twenty foot length of stock fencing, arched over and attached to steel fence posts.

SE2213 Calming Waters Step 1

It’s so nice outside I could stay in the garden all day but I don’t think our collector would be too happy with that. So back to work. I draw up the basic elements with an oil wash made of equal parts of Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson. Liquin is added to thin the mixture. To any of these pictures larger just click on the image.

SE2213 Calming Waters Step 2

My wrist is braced on the mahl stick to steady my hand enough to draw the small details. What is a mahl stick? CLICK HERE to find out.

SE2213 Calming Waters Step 3

The mill and water wheel are all sketched in, we’re ready to begin applying paint. We’ll start tomorrow, see you then. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

3 Responses to “Peggy Martin Roses”

  1. Patrice Kelly Says:

    Gorgeous !! I Love Roses . Did your House Flood at that time ?

    Patrice

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Patrice, We didn’t live in New Orleans or that area during Hurricane Katrina, thank goodness. It was the original Peggy Martin roses that survived the flooding. Those bushes were then used to propagate the ones that were commercially grown for sale to the public. We purchased these here in Texas about 4 years ago. Hugs, Mikki

  2. Margie Thornton Says:

    I love your Peggy Martin Rose arbor. Absolutely gorgeous!!!

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