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Roses have inspired centuries’ worth of clichés, but we get it: they’re one of the planet’s most treasured natural beauties and most enduring symbols of love and friendship. So on a recent trip to the Lone Star state, gardening nut Annie was jazzed when she stumbled across the Antique Rose Emporium, a Brenham, Texas-based nursery and mail-order source for exquisitely beautiful blooms.

Eschewing fussy modern hybrids that can drive even the most experienced gardeners to fits of hair pulling, Emporium owner Mike Shoup specializes in Earth-Kind, Pioneer, and old-fashioned varieties that have grown for decades, untended, in neighborhoods and cemeteries. These roses are tougher and more resilient, and can even withstand the notorious extremes of the Texas climate.

The original Emporium, located on the site of an early settler’s homestead, has eight acres of sculpted gardens—featuring a wide variety of “living antiques,” plus native plants, perennials, herbs, and wildflowers—with plenty of inspirational ideas for home gardeners. They also host seasonal events, demonstrations, and weddings.

We thought we’d provide a bit of flower power ourselves with today’s giveaway—a pair of Pine Cone Hill’s Signature Capris in Piper Coral and coordinating coral Sheepy Fleece robe —a $160 value! To enter, simply answer this question in the comments below: what’s your favorite color or variety of rose? The giveaway starts on Tuesday, May 8, and runs until 11:59 p.m. EST on Thursday, May 10. (View the full rules here.)

Congratulations to our winner, Beth M. from Texas! And a special thanks to design blogger Linda Merrill for referring Beth to Fresh American! Linda will be awarded the same prize plus one to give away on her blog, Surroundings!

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Regina May 8, 2012 at 10:05 am

Coral colored roses are my fave.

Mary Ann May 8, 2012 at 10:13 am

Living in the Northeast, I appreciate a rose than can stand up to the climate and not require extraordinary effort on my part. The Knockout series does it for me, and the yellow variety has that delicious rose scent everyone knows.

Kimberly May 8, 2012 at 10:22 am

I am relatively new to adoring products at both of your companies – sometime within the last year I came across them. Now to have your blog to follow – how wonderful! (found that through House of Turquoise) I was too late to enter yesterday’s giveaway, but was almost glad because just reading your beautiful tribute to your mother and getting choked up over your loss was enough. Thank you for sharing and I look forward to following your renovation. Today I enter – for the love of roses and my need of new pajamas (after slipping on a 13-year-old pair last night and reminding myself once again to add pajamas to my list of things to purchase for myself).

Robin May 8, 2012 at 10:37 am

We’re glad you found us, Kimberly — and you’re not too late to enter the contest from yesterday’s post! The giveaway ends tomorrow, so comment away. We love hearing from all our readers!

Kelly May 8, 2012 at 10:38 am

Yellow roses, because they seem to have the best perfume in the garden….

Stesse May 8, 2012 at 10:49 am

Just discovered your blog and I’m looking forward to poking around and seeing more! As for roses – I love the wild rambling ones that climbed the wall at my first house – they were an 80’s bright pink (not normally my style) but every time we cut them back, they embarked on their journey again, reaching for the heights (and brightening up the balcony).

Abby May 16, 2012 at 10:00 am

Glad to have you as a new fan, Stresse! We could all learn a lesson from those stubborn, bright roses! 🙂

Carissa May 8, 2012 at 11:08 am

White and deep red roses are my favorites.

Adrianne May 8, 2012 at 11:14 am

Yellow roses are my absolute favorite. They are both cheerful and elegant.

Thanks for the chance to win!

Dianne D Ballard May 8, 2012 at 11:14 am

I Just came over from Surroundings. So happy to hear you have a blog. I recently purchased your new book and LoVE it!!

Anne May 8, 2012 at 11:48 am

I love pink and yellow. Pretty and girly.

Margaret May 8, 2012 at 12:12 pm

I came via Linda Merrill’s blog. I like Knockout roses too.

Kathleen May 8, 2012 at 12:33 pm

My favorite color is red; my favorite flower is lilac

Shelly May 8, 2012 at 1:17 pm

In the winter I planted a white Classic Woman rose in my garden. It is quite possibly the prettiest rose I’ve ever seen…deep green leaves, full white blooms with a cabbage rose quality. And the scent is DIVINE! I’m probably going to pick up a few more to add to the garden, I love it so much!

Rin May 8, 2012 at 1:24 pm

I love all roses, but the classic red ones are my favorite!

Carmen May 8, 2012 at 1:25 pm

I am in LOVE with the pictures of the roses over the brick walkway! Deep pink always does it for me, but there isn’t any color of rose I wouldn’t love to grow!

Kim May 8, 2012 at 1:29 pm


maudia lanzotti May 8, 2012 at 1:41 pm

I love yellow roses, they remind me of my mom who loved them. She said my stepfather courted her with yellow roses and brandy alexanders! And he could really dance! So to me they seem so romantic. maudia lanzotti

kellydon1981@yahoo.com May 8, 2012 at 1:46 pm

I love pink roses! One of my favorite roses is Carefree Wonder. My husband gave me this rose bush many years ago for Mothers’s Day. It has the most perfect clear pink color.

Angela May 8, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Yellow Rose of Texas.. or the white.. or the pink.
oh, this is too hard !

Dianne Hwang May 8, 2012 at 2:10 pm

The Pompanella Fairytale rose. I planted it last year on the day of William and kate’s wedding (actually by coincidence) It is a lovely deep pink with lots of flowers and is cold hardy too!

Anita May 8, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Definitely the Blue Girl Hybrid Rose. Love the colors

robelyn May 8, 2012 at 2:11 pm

I’m not picky when it comes to roses because I have a black thumb. Seriously… it’s disgusting.

So a rose is a beautiful, awe-inspiring rose to me…
and then I am also in awe of anyone that made them grow. ;-D

GORGEOUS photos!!!
;-D the red.neck stalker

marilyn rivas May 8, 2012 at 2:19 pm

My favorite is the red lincoln rose, beautiful with aroma to boot.. love it.. Thanks Marilyn

Erin May 8, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Being a Texas girl and quite an appreciative but black thumbed one at that, I am excited about my thriving Knockout Rose that is planted by my mailbox. I love it even more because it is a product of our beloved Texas A&M!

Mary May 8, 2012 at 2:22 pm

I love yellow roses because my mother did 🙂

Ginny May 8, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Growing roses is a new gardening adventure for me. Fragrant English roses growing on wild looking shrubs are my favorite in any color; my very favorite are my David Austen tangerine colored Lady Emma Hamilton roses.

Rochelle May 8, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Climbing roses are my favorites! Especially ‘the fairy.’. I think it’s the variety the gardeners at Disneyland have in an archway over the fairytale boat ride.

Betsy May 8, 2012 at 2:59 pm

I am from Alaska and love Wild Roses that are found there.

Patty May 8, 2012 at 3:24 pm

“Just Joey” a coral rose that has the most wonderful fragrance,,but it’s really my favorite because of my youngest with the same name!

Debra May 8, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Let’s see……..pink…and yellow……oh, and red. Really any color rose…… I love them all!

pam somerville May 8, 2012 at 3:35 pm

Peace roses always make me think of my grandmother. But in my garden, the knockout roses are great!

amy williams May 8, 2012 at 3:46 pm

My favorite color is hot pink.

Courtney May 8, 2012 at 4:02 pm

I love yellow roses. They can make the gloomiest day sunny and bright.

Eva May 8, 2012 at 5:11 pm

I love both carnival and yellow roses — so gorgeous!

Ann May 8, 2012 at 5:57 pm

My favorite roses are white…preferably English roses.

Love your blog…popped over at the suggestion of Linda at ::Surroundings:: blog. I’ve enjoyed your designs for years…rugs especially.

Jennifer May 8, 2012 at 6:01 pm

I worked at a florist shop in high school. The apricot colored roses were my absolute favorite. Wonderful scent, great petals and a stury stem!!!

Stephanie May 8, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Any rose that’s orange or yellow!

Missi @ havoc to heaven May 8, 2012 at 7:10 pm

I like a climbing rose. So elegant and beautiful. I am visiting from Surroundings. Love your blog!

Vikki May 8, 2012 at 7:17 pm

The old fashioned “Peace” rose is still my favorite. Shades of yellow, coral,pink—like a fading sunset.

Marie Mouradian~Window Designs Etc. May 8, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Hi Annie!
While pink is my favorite color, I love yellow roses as they remind me of my grandfather. He had several large rosebushes on the side of his house. Yellow roses seem to be a bit more sophisticated and almost intellectual.

Valarie May 8, 2012 at 8:13 pm

I love the roses that are a deep raspberry color – not quite black, but with a touch of dark pink to them. Some smell a little tangy like raspberries, too…..

kathy May 8, 2012 at 9:28 pm

Coral is an all-time favorite and goes with any color and makes anything look brighter and better!

Vickie H. May 8, 2012 at 10:40 pm

Oh my! The beautiful Cecile Brunner rose in the palest, sweetest pink! They become a carpet of gorgeousness wherever they grow! Thank you for hosting this generous giveaway! I am enjoying your re-launch of your blog!

Debra Lee May 8, 2012 at 11:06 pm

I love a simple red rose!

Lisa Payne May 9, 2012 at 12:46 am

Peace Rose

Susie H. May 9, 2012 at 2:35 am

What gorgeous, lush gardens in the photos!
My favorite roses are light pink. With white being a close second… Makes me smile just to imagine them!

Dru May 9, 2012 at 4:35 am

Cecile Brunner roses-love the profusion of blooms and their subtle scent. I have a H-U-G-E old rose bush in the overgrown part of the back lot, also covered with berry bushes; it’s a tangle of blooms in the spring. When the May winds blow they take the petals on their airy journey, and are whisked away like snowflakes and cover the yard with soft dritfs of white and mutued pinks.

Samantha Tedesco May 9, 2012 at 5:40 am

I’m in love for red roses 🙂

Rebecca May 9, 2012 at 7:31 am

Love red roses. A classic. White is lovely too and then any color of roses are lovely.

Rebecca May 9, 2012 at 7:34 am

Forgot – found your from Linda’s blog – Surroundings.

Rachel May 9, 2012 at 8:49 am

love love yellow roses!

Maurie May 9, 2012 at 9:19 am

I found you from Surroundings, and I love the roses on the Texas trellis. What a perfect place for a bride’s entrance!

JC May 9, 2012 at 9:30 am

Love Joseph’s Coat…pink and orange blooms on the same bush!

Gretchen May 9, 2012 at 9:42 am

I love the yellow roses with a pink-ish tinge in them. And climbing roses, and super fragrant roses. I love them all and wish I had some in my rental yard…

Beth McKenney May 9, 2012 at 10:54 am

Love your site! Found my way here through Linda M. Anyway, I live in Texas and I am just now getting into roses. Totally love Mike’s place and the loads of info. Just bought 3 new roses! Icebergs and a fabulous Peggy Martin rose. The Martin rose has an incredible story – I couldn’t resist. Looking forward to your blog! Beth

Kathy L May 9, 2012 at 12:16 pm

I love orange and peach roses…

Laura May 9, 2012 at 1:12 pm

I love the Old English Roses, any color, they smell so beautiful!

And I love all of your rugs and bedding.

birdie blue May 9, 2012 at 2:25 pm

thank you for the chance, we named our fourth daughter ‘rose’. and, i’m definitely a fan of all varieties of roses.

so crossing my fingers.

Virginia May 9, 2012 at 2:51 pm

My heart just lights up when I see the flaming hot pink wild climbing rose outside my home office window. Not sure exactly what it’s called, but in the summer I turn around about as much as I face my screen, just so I can stare at its fiery summery blooms!

Jennie May 9, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Barbara Bush is my favorite pink rose.

Dorothy B May 9, 2012 at 9:46 pm

I’m a sucker for white summer flowers, including roses.

Kelly Becker May 9, 2012 at 10:20 pm

I love deep fuschia roses

Teri Morrison May 9, 2012 at 10:22 pm

Orangey peach! If that’s a color!

Lori R. May 10, 2012 at 10:10 am

Yellow teacup roses have been my favorite for years!

Jaybird May 10, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Well, today my favorite is the very pale pink “Fairy” Rose, but they are all my favorites on different days :^)

Katy May 10, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Vanilla roses are my favorite. The kind that looks like ice cream!

Pam LaperE May 10, 2012 at 3:30 pm

The Peace rose, yellow and pink, is my favorite because we plant one each time we lose a loved one.

Bridget May 10, 2012 at 6:22 pm

I just think the yellow rose is one of the most beautiful flowers. so perfect.

Abby May 16, 2012 at 10:05 am

Thanks for sharing all your favorite roses, everyone! Now if only we could make a giant bouquet with all your suggestions!


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