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Wednesday, June 10, 2009 • Posted June 10, 2009

Oh, the yellow rose of Texas…

And the yellow rose of June.

And what more famous rose than our own yeller one.

However, the song was written about a woman.

Not a flower.

Roses (the flower) migrated to Texas.

Just like everybody else, originally.

Regardless of where it grows, the rose belongs to the month of June.

And rose-blooming season is upon us.

Get roses at The Green House and Mason Garden Market.

Although the best time to plant them is barefoot in the Fall.

Take a peek into the world of roses and you’ll find a vast garden of information.

Charles Quest-Ritson tells all in his tome:

Climbing Roses of the World.

Here’s a noteworthy tidbit:

“All ramblers are climbers, but all climbers are not necessarily ramblers.”

Sounds more like a description of my Uncle Earl.

Roses made Tyler, Texas famous.

After blight wiped out the peach crops, somebody had a blooming idea to plant

roses as their number one commercial crop.

It worked.

And also brought tourism to the town.

Thanks to the rose.

Vineyards could do that for Mason.

The humble little grape.

Clinging to its gnarly vine.

Withstanding freak ice storms.

And killer August heat.

Maturing, in spite of it all.

Only to be picked, plucked, and pummeled into wine.

Prize-winning wine at that.

Thanks to Tallent Vineyards.

Peter’s Prairie Vineyard.

And Alphonse Dotson’s Certenberg Vineyards.

Right here in our own backyard.

Sandstone Cellars Winery has also won awards for their wine comprised of

local grapes and magically converted into stellar blends by winemaster, Don Pullum.

Pullum’s Akashic Vineyard was the first one in Mason County.

Local growers Paul Buist and Rob Parr also toil the soil in the name of good wine.

It’s a hard row to hoe, vineyards.

Ask any of them.

But their economic impact on Mason County promises to be fruitful.

“La vie est trop courte pour boire du mauvais vin.”

So true.

Life is too short to drink bad wine.

That’s Mason.

Renee Walker is a poet, author, and real estate broker on the square.

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