Correct Safe Removal Of Rose Rosette Disease

Rose Rosette Disease Safe Removal

‘Double Knock Out®’ Rose, inducted into the World Federation of Rose Societies Hall of Fame is my husband’s favorite rose. He requested, when we moved back to Illinois, that I plant one right outside of his pool room. Last year it was infected with Rose Rosette Disease, a tiny mite that originated from the multi-flora wild rose. The microscopic mite is so tiny it’s all but invisible to the naked eye. All or shall we say any rose can be susceptible that’s why we must remain vigilant watching for infection in our gardens and remove any infected plants immediately. carefully. It can be transmitted by the wind. Signs of it are a witches broom growth reddish type growth beginning at the top of your plant. A sure sign is lots of thorns. As of yet there are no cures but some roses are resistant like ‘Top Gun’, and some of the ‘Rosa Rugosas’.

‘Top Gun’ Resistant To Rose Rosette Disease

‘Top Gun’ In Gaga’s Garden | Resistant To Rose Rosette Disease Bred by Tom Carruth Roses

‘Double Knock Out’ with RRD

Posted by Susan Fox on Friday, October 4, 2019

Last year my rose apprentice Drew Carroll and I thought we had completely removed this bush but undoubtedly we had not. It came back clean from the root and after I came back from the Biltmore Rose Trials the strange growth appeared again so we were wrong. I went to leading RRD expert Dr. Mark Windham’s class at the Southern Il. University Extension Class at Decatur, IL to a packed class of the Master Gardeners and the Stephen F. Decatur American Rose Society and this is exactly how he instructs removal of Rose Rosette Disease safely and effectively.

How To Remove A Rose With Rose Rosette Disease

Posted by Susan Fox on Friday, October 4, 2019

The Biltmore Rose Trials by Paul Zimmerman Sat. 09/28/19

'Pookah' Polyantha and 'Bejazzo' Climber Winners of Biltmore Rose Trials
Paul Zimmerman | Author of Everyday Roses

Paul Zimmerman Rosarian Extraordinaire, Creator of The Biltmore Rose Trials

Paul Zimmerman lives a life gardeners and rose lovers dream of. He is owner of Paul Zimmerman roses, a company dedicated to Budding the Rose Grower In All Of Us. His credentials include a veritable who’s who in the rose world, among them Dr. Thomas Cairns, past president of both the American Rose Society and World Federation of Rose Societies, Steve Jones, former president of The American Rose Society who introduced him to Old Garden Roses, Bob Edberg of Linberlost Roses and Rose Books. He writes award-winning articles for The Rose, the National Magazine and Annual of the American Rose Society.

'Honorine' at The Biltmore Last Year
‘Honorine’ at The Biltmore Conservatory & Walled Garden

Biltmore Conservatory & Walled Rose Garden

Paul an independent consultant to Jackson & Perkins lectures internationally and serves as an international juror for numerous rose trials. While attending school at UT Austin studying Aerospace Engineering he quickly realized rocket science was not for him and did the next logical thing, he enrolled in clown school, The Dell Arte School of Mime & Comedy in Northern California. He actually toured the country for 15 years doing stand-up comedy where he met his current fiance, Pam.

Judging The Gardens

Phillip Watson of QVC #BiltmoreRoseTrials Rose Judge
Phillip Watson of QVC #BiltmoreRoseTrials Rose Judge

After becoming an ABC TV show head writer for 2 years Paul decided to return to his first love, gardening and roses. Currently he and Pam live on a 27 acre horse farm in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. I had the pleasure to talk with him about how he created the Biltmore Rose Trials that I will be attending as a rose judge next week-end, September 27-29th at the Biltmore Rose Garden in Ashville, NC.

A Heritage Rich In Blooms

Paul’s first Love Is the Beautiful Daffodil First To Bloom In The Spring

Q. Paul, you mentioned you are a first generation American of Dutch parents. One cannot think of Holland without thinking of tulips. Is this part of your heritage? Tell us about yourself and how you came to love roses and be in this business.

One of Paul’s First Roses: ‘Olympiad’

Olympiad, photo Weeks Roses
Olympiad’, photo Weeks Roses

A. While my family has always loved gardening, there is no tradition of anyone being in the horticultural industry. While we love tulips and have planted many on our farm, our main bulb planting has been over 2000 daffodil bulbs that come back year after year. My wife’s heritage is British and she loves daffodils.

‘Alexandria of Kent’ English Roses Example of Pauls First Roses

'Princess Alexandra of Kent'
‘Princess Alexandra of Kent’ by #DavidAustinRoses an #EnglishRoses extraordinaire named for the cousin of Queen Elizabeth II Princess Alexandra who loves and maintains a rose garden. #PrincessAlexandraofKent

A. I’ve always loved gardening and in fact had a little lawn care business when I was growing up in Miami, Florida. In the early 1990s I was looking for a career change and took some time off to decide what that should be. I began gardening again and bought three roses, Pristine, Crystalline and Olympiad. After that I bought some David Austin Roses and then some Old Garden Roses. I joined a rose society and then was instrumental in creating a new one – The Tinseltown Rose Society. I was the first Vice President and later President. One day I was helping a member prune their roses when a neighbor walked up and asked me what I would charge to prune their roses. From that came my company Hundred Acre Woods Rosescaping, which grew to four employees caring for over 60 rose gardens in the Los Angeles area. I sold that company when my wife and I moved from Los Angeles to our farm in upstate South Carolina.

Biltmore Rose Trial Winner Polar Express

Spray of 'Polar Express™ Sunbelt®'
Spray of ‘Polar Express™ Sunbelt®’ Rose Arborose® Collection shot taken of winning shrub Sunday, September 26, 2016 Sunbelt®’

Q. As former owner of Ashdown Roses tell us how you came to be a consultant to the Biltmore Estate Rose Gardens.

A. Ashdown Roses occasionally supplied roses and advice to the Biltmore Rose Garden starting in 2002. When I closed Ashdown due to the recession and to focus on other areas of roses, is when I approached Biltmore with the idea of the Trials leading to the Biltmore Garden Rose Collection leading to the recreation of the walled rose garden. Part of my role is consultant to the rose garden.

Q. The Biltmore Garden has 2000 roses with 250 varieties. Do you manage the selection process? Also do you cull out less than stellar producing varieties, etc.

Biltmore Rose Trials Award Table

'Screaming Neon Red' Wins Four Awards Sweeping the #BiltmoreRoseTrials
‘Screaming Neon Red’ Wins Four Awards Sweeping the #BiltmoreRoseTrials

A. I advised the head gardener who was Lucas Jack at the time in the rose garden, on variety selection, design ideas etc. I also helped source the roses, including many new varieties just coming to market. The final decisions on variety selection are made by the head rosarian of the Biltmore,

Q. Frederick Law Olmstead, said to be the founder of American Landscape Architecture, was the landscape architect of the Biltmore gardens. Do you know if the design included the rose garden that is host to the 2000 roses of today, or was it a later addition?

A. The rose garden, in its present location and very similar configuration, was on the first drawings for the Walled Garden done in the early 1890’s and was installed with the original plantings.

Biltmore Walled Rose Garden

The Biltmore Rose Garden
The Biltmore Rose Garden

Q. The Biltmore Estate Rose Garden is host to the International Rose Trials, can you tell us about the role you play in this process.

A. I created the trials, wrote the rules, find the entrants and now run the trials with the help of the wonderful folks at Biltmore. My official title regarding the Trials is Coordinator Of The Biltmore International Rose Trials.

LeeAnn Donnelly publicist for the Biltmore snapped this picture while I was judging the fragrance of ‘Bejazzo’ at the Biltmore Rose Trials. It was in the Ashville Times and has been reprinted around the world

‘Everyday Roses’ by Paul Zimmerman

Paul’s book ‘Everyday Roses’; The casual gardener’s guide to growing Knock Out® Roses and other modern easy care roses was published by Taunton Press February of 2013. It’s available at book stores, garden centers and of course Amazon, Barnes and noble.com and so on.

Rose Garden of| Sakura City, Japan

The Section Featuring Shade Tolerant Roses: On the Top: 'Rush' under the roof, 'Pompon Blanc Parfait', left 'Prosperity'
City of Sakura, Japan | 2019 Calendar
City of Sakura, Japan | 2019 Calendar

A friendship forged by roses & the written word

This article is about a friendship that spans across the globe connecting hearts and minds by roses. This year’s Akira Ogawa’s package included ‘The City of Sakura’ 2019 Calendar with a rose mystery. Perhaps Meilland International can identify the ‘Mystery Rose’ of the Hotta Estate. Past President, Jolene Adams was editor of the American Rose Society American Rose Magazine when she explained she would invite authors from around the globe to contribute in-depth stories educating readers about their history and country’s experience with roses. Akira and I have exchanged calendars ever since I shared how much his story of the Rose Garden of Fukushima meant to me.

This section displays old garden roses originating in China, sent from the Zhun an Rose Garden in China,
This section displays old garden roses originating in China, sent from the Zhun an Rose Garden in China,

‘The Rose Garden of Sakura City’

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The Mystery Rose of the Hotta Estate

“In the estate of the Hotta Family in Sakura City, there is a rose which has been giving beautiful flowers for more than a century in front of the mausoleum holding the bones of the heads of the Family. It is said that the eleventh head of the family, Masatsune Hotta, obtained this rose when he visited Europe, and planted it in his estate.

The Section Featuring Shade Tolerant Roses: On the Top: 'Rush' under the roof, 'Pompon Blanc Parfait', left 'Prosperity'
The Section Featuring Shade Tolerant Roses: On the Top: ‘Rush’ under the roof, ‘Pompon Blanc Parfait’, left ‘Prosperity’

“Every year, from the end of April to the beginning of May, this rose gives hundreds of gorgeous pink flowers, fascinating all the visitors to the estate.”

The Mystery Rose of The Hotta Estate

The Mystery Rose Possibly 19th Century French Origin

Unfortunately, though we have been continuing our effort to identify this rose, we have not yet been able to specify its correct name. We consider it is a rose raised in France during the latter half of the 19th century, and suspect that it might be a variety which existed in Europe in those days, but has been lost there, and now can only be seen in this distant island country in the Far East. We tentatively named this romantic rose ‘The Mystery Rose in the Hotta Estate’.

Sakura Extends Beloved ‘Mystery Rose’ Throughout City

We are now planting this ‘Mystery Rose’ along several streets of Sakura City, dreaming of the days when the city is painted in the colour of this beautiful rose before extending to other cities in Japan.

The Hotta Family Connection To Tokugawa Shogunate

During the Edo Period (1603 – 1867), the  Hotta Family showed its  presence as a family of senior councilors of the Tokugawa Shogunate. The ninth head Masayoshi is widely known as the important government official who negotiated with the American Consul· General Townsend Harris toward the end of the Edo Period.

Features large pastel colored flowers flowers of Tea Roses. The roses covering the gate arch: Right: 'Triomphe de Guillot Fils', left: ' Cl, Devoniensis'
Features large pastel colored flowers flowers of Tea Roses. The roses covering the gate arch: Right: ‘Triomphe de Guillot Fils’, left: ‘ Cl, Devoniensis’

May The ‘Mystery Rose’ Live On & Thrive

The above-mentioned head, Masatsune, is the grandson of Masayoshi, and from 19l0s to 1930s, successively held jobs such as the President of the Japan Agricultural Association and the Imperial Navy Undersecretary.

‘The Mystery Rose in the Hotta Estate’ Description:

  1. Type: Climber (6m to 10m)
  2. Flowering Season: From the end of April to the beginning of May. Non-repeating.
  3. Flowers: Colour: pink Shape: perfect quarterly Fragrance: fruity
  4. Horticultural Classification:        Cl. Tea
  5. Health: Strong, nearly free from diseases and insect damage” *

Cover:   Fragrant Rose Section

This section, displaying the collection of fragrant roses, features a peaceful landscape created by the pale colors of old·fashioned roses. The rose on the near side is ‘Constance Spry’.

January: The Entrance to the Old Rose Section

The Section Featuring Shade Tolerant Roses: On the Top: 'Rush' under the roof, 'Pompon Blanc Parfait', left 'Prosperity'
The Section Featuring Shade Tolerant Roses: On the Top: ‘Rush’ under the roof, ‘Pompon Blanc Parfait’, left ‘Prosperity’

The flowers of old roses decorate the screen and welcome visitors.

On the near side:’Pink Iceberg’; the white rose on the right: ‘Nonoka’ ( wild field flowers); on the scree n: ‘Louise Odier’.

February:    Gallica Roses in The History of Roses Section

On the near side (left): ‘Complicata ‘; on the right: ‘Cardinal de Richelieu’

March:   The Chinese Rose Section

The feature of this section is the large, pastel-coloured flowers of Tea Roses.

The roses covering the gate arch: right: ‘Triomphe de Guillot Fils’;              left: ‘Cl. Devoniensis’

April:    The History of Roses Section

This is the scene which comes into your sight when you enter the garden from the camping ground in the park.

Left: ‘Newport Fairy ‘;  center: ‘Phyllis Byde’; right (back): ‘Raubritter ‘ 

This section displays old garden roses originating in China, sent from the Zhun an Rose Garden in China,
This section displays old garden roses originating in China, sent from the Zhun an Rose Garden in China,

May:   The Chinese Rose Section

This section displays old garden roses originating in China, sent from the Zhun·an Rose Garden in China. Many of them give gorgeous double flowers. Dark pink flowers in the center : ‘Tian·nu·guan’ (meaning “heavenly maiden’s crown”

June:   The Section of Asian Species Roses

Toward the end of May, the pergola is entirely covered with single white flowers.  In autumn, they turn into red hips, dressing it up gorgeously.

The  near,  right side:‘R. .ihpes;          left side: R. mulligan.ii

July:    ‘Yellow Rose Section’

In this collection of yellow roses, flowers with different shades of yellow, from cream to orange, display their unique beauty.

White & Pink Rose SectionWhite & Pink Rose Section; Serentity garden of old garden roses Right trained round a pole: 'Cl Summer Snow', center, covering the pergola 'White Mrs. Flight', left 'Raubritter'
White & Pink Rose Section; Serentity garden of old garden roses Right trained round a pole: ‘Cl Summer Snow’, center, covering the pergola ‘White Mrs. Flight’, left ‘Raubritter’

August:     White and Pink Rose Section

Let’s take a rest for a while, surrounded by white and pink old garden roses, enjoying a sense of serenity you cannot find anywhere else.

Right, trained around a pole: ‘Cl. Summer Snow’; center, covering the pergola: ‘White Mrs. Flight’                         left: ‘Raubritter’

September:       The Santa Maria Valley

This is the section where roses donated by Mrs. Helga Brichet are planted. The creamy flowered rose is ‘Andre Brichet’,  named after her husband.  As they open, the  flowers are tinged with pink, changing their expressions little by little.

The Section Featuring Shade Tolerant Roses: On the Top: 'Rush' under the roof, 'Pompon Blanc Parfait', left 'Prosperity'
The Section Featuring Shade Tolerant Roses: On the Top: ‘Rush’ under the roof, ‘Pompon Blanc Parfait’, left ‘Prosperity’

October:      The Section Featuring Shade Tolerant Roses

This is the section which collects roses which do not mind a shady environment so much. On top of the  pergola: ‘Rush’; under the roof. ‘Pompon Blanc Parfait’; left: ‘Prosperity’

November:      The Section for Roses of Japanese Origin

This is the section where wild roses native to Japan and their hybrids are collected.

In  autumn, their red hips shine against the blue sky. The photo: hips of a variety of R.multi.iora.

December:       The Section Featuring Roses from China

Early in May, gorgeous flowers of a Tea Rose from Qing Yuan Xiang (China) stand out against the R. banksiae in full bloom.

*Information given on the last two pages of the ‘City of Sakura Rose Garden 2019 Calendar

Susan Fox to Wow Visitors with Jackson & Perkins Roses for Every Garden | Chicago Flower & Garden | Mar. 14-18

Susan Fox | Chicago Flower & Garden Show

Media Contact:                                                                                         For Immediate Release          

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Susan Fox, Speaker at The Chicago Flower & Garden Show
Susan Fox, Speaker at The Chicago Flower & Garden Show

Susan Fox to Wow Visitors with Jackson & Perkins Roses for Every Garden

Chicago Flower & Garden Show ~ Navy Pier, March 14-18, 2018

CHICAGO (March 17, 2018) – Susan Fox, of Gaga’s Garden, Central, Illinois will dazzle visitors on how to choose the perfect Jackson & Perkins rose based on their lifestyle when she attends the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, March 17th at Navy Pier.

The Chicago Flower & Garden Show is an annual harbinger of spring in the Midwest after a long winter. The 2018 show theme, “FLOWERTALES: Every Garden Has a Story to Tell”, interprets the unique role flowers, plants, and gardens play in the stories of our lives.

Spring In Bloom at The Chicago Flower & Garden Show

A new chapter of this legacy event begins with re-designing the show’s traditional nine-day run to five days. The show will run Wednesday, March 14 through Sunday, March 18, with extended daily hours from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The Chicago Flower & Garden Show is one of the country’s top three consumer garden shows and one of its oldest, with roots that date back to 1847 as the Chicago Fruit and Flower Show. It was also one of the first consumer shows ever held at Navy Pier.

Navy Pier Along the Chicago River with the Sears Tower in the Back Ground
Navy Pier Along the Chicago River and Lake Michigan with the Sears Tower in the Back Ground, Home of the Independent Garden Center Show

Ms. Fox will show visitors how easy to grow roses can be. These darlings of the garden respond quite nicely to a little TLC. She’ll explore this topic with attendees in an interactive and highly visually intense presentation and further discuss what visitors want to achieve in their garden with roses. Today there are so many types of roses to choose from that suit any lifestyle. Ms. Fox plans to explore the exciting, easy care Jackson & Perkins varieties of roses suitable for busy lives that include environmentally friendly and minimal care plants. Remarkably, many gardeners perceive roses as difficult to grow and are hesitant about adding roses to their garden landscapes, Ms. Fox will dispel that myth via education.

Fox claims that a large percentage of gardeners that seek her advice tell her that they want to add roses to their landscape but are hesitant due to either a lack of knowledge about caring for roses or a perception that roses can be ‘persnickety’. Her presentation is about education and matching the right plant to the person’s lifestyle and goals for their garden. She states that today there are roses to choose from that fit any personal style. She plans to explore the methods and easy steps that produce quick and lasting results with these wonders of the garden world.

“People say that roses are their favorite flower and they want them in their garden. Roses have been growing in the wild long before they had to be ‘pampered by people’ so come to the show and let Susan Fox educate you in what’s new in the world of minimal care roses that you can add to your landscape,” says Chicago Flower & Garden Show Director Tony Abruscato.

Tony Abruscato | Chicago Flower & Garden Show Director | Rose Garden Visionary
Tony Abruscato | Chicago Flower & Garden Show Director | Rose Garden Visionary

Brand Manager of Jackson & Perkins Wes Harvell goes on to say, “Jackson & Perkins is excited to announce that Susan Fox of Gaga’s Garden will attend the Chicago Flower and Garden Show in March of 2018. Ms. Fox is a consulting rosarian, award-winning photographer, event planner, and a Biltmore Rose Trials judge with gardening in her blood. We are honored to have her as arepresentative of our brand. As we approach our 150th year in business, Jackson & Perkins is thrilled to maintain its presence as a trusted source for gardeners across America.  Ms. Fox is a wonderful representative of the Jackson & Perkins brand, and we look forward to our continued partnership with her,“  says Mr. Harvell.

“FLOWERTALES: Every Garden Has a Story to Tell” will present volumes of practical and pretty ideas, highlighting the season’s styles, colors, and textures through more than 20 display gardens and more than two dozen points of gardening interests. There’s something for every person and lifestyle; from balconies, patios and small-space designs to creative vegetable and herb gardens, inspiring water features, and glamorous perennial beds.

The Chicago Flower & Garden Show is open to the public from March 14-18, 2018. Evening in Bloom, a show preview that will benefit show partner Bernie’s Book Bank and the new Get Growing Foundation, is from 6:00-9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Show hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Save some “green” by purchasing group and individual day and evening tickets online at www.chicagoflower.com.

For more information about Susan Fox of Gaga’s Garden and Jackson & Perkins and their participation in this show and past shows, visit www.gagasgarden.com for the very latest updates and unique extras, like Jackson & Perkins on Facebook and tweet with us on Twitter @chicagoflower & @JacksonPerkins throughout the show #ChicagoFlower #JacksonPerkins. Be sure to follow all the show highlights as with Jackson & Perkins as Susan Fox takes you along an exciting Flowertale March 14-18 at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show.

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Susan Fox, is a consulting rosarian that speaks, grows, photographs, and shows roses. Company founder of Gaga’s Garden®, she was awarded the American Rose Society’s (ARS) Presidential Citation “for Promoting the Rose and Rose Education Via Social Media.” At her heart is a commitment to generating educational, entertaining content that profiles specific products, personalities, places and events that engage the larger audience through targeted social media campaigns. This and other acknowledgments in the gardening community has firmly established Susan as one of the most highly regarded rosarians and gardeners in the industry with a special talent for promoting garden related products, people or events via social media and content marketing. The Website at www.gagasgarden.com features a sample of Gaga’s Garden® content and story telling graphics that keep readers coming back for more!

Flower Show Productions, Inc. is the production company for the annual Chicago Flower & Garden Show and for grand-scale public events that celebrate sustainable living and eco-friendly lifestyles. The company provides year-round messaging, education and information about the benefits of earth-friendly choices to yards, neighborhoods, communities and the planet. The 2018 Chicago Flower & Garden Show runs March 14-18, 2018. The “Evening in Bloom” shows preview benefitting area charity organizations is Tuesday, March 13, 2018. For year-round inspiration and great ideas, please visit www.chicagoflower.com, and find the show on Facebook at www.facebook.com/chicagoflower and Twitter @Chicago Flower.

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Texas Caviar | Good Luck from the Garden

Texas Caviar, Good Luck from the Garden

Texas Caviar | Eat Black-Eyed Peas for Good Luck
Texas Caviar | A Healthy Snacking Option | Eat Black-Eyed Peas for Good Luck

Families Love Traditions

Here’s a tradition you may want to add to your family holiday traditions. Eat black-eyed peas on New Year’s day to bring you good luck throughout the coming year. Born and raised in West Texas, Mother said that “one must eat black-eyed peas on New Years Day for luck throughout the coming new year”. I never knew why, it’s just something we did because ‘Mama said so’. You have to eat black-eyed peas on New Years Day for good luck. So I grew up with just enough superstition to observe this one tradition. We can all use good luck, right? I wasn’t fond of black-eyed peas so I searched for a recipe that would make them more palatable. My mother found the fact that I didn’t like black-eyed peas absurd, something unheard of in her family, so this aberration must have come from my father’s Yankee heritage, a Proctor as in Mary Proctor of the Salem witch trials.

My Texas Caviar

Here’s a great Texas Caviar recipe I found and have amended that my family just loves! This recipe comes with a warning. Once you try Texas Caviar you can’t stop eating it, it’s addictive. My daughter-in-law eats it in a bowl with a spoon like gazpacho, a Spanish styled soup made from tomatoes and other vegetables and spices served cold.

Home Grown Gaga's Garden
All Home Grown Gaga’s Garden Vegetables

Texas Caviar

Ingredients

3-4 cans of black-eyed peas with green chiles

1 whole red onion finely chopped, or you can use chopped green onion as well

1 red bell pepper, chopped

1 green bell pepper, chopped

1 yellow bell pepper, chopped

3-4 jalapeno peppers, seeded & minced (be careful not to get oil on your skin if sensitive)

4 clove garlic, minced

3 large tomatoes, chopped or you can add 2-3 cans of rotel tomatoes

8oz bottle zesty Italian salad dressing, or light done right or Fat-free Italian

1-2 bunches of cilantro

1 can chopped gr. Chiles

Preparation

In large bowl, combine all ingredients except cilantro and stir to combine. When ready to serve, mix in the chopped cilantro and serve as a dip with tortilla scoops or toasted baguette slices. Store, covered up to 10 days in the refrigerator. Note: I store mine even after I have added cilantro and it’s still wonderful.ChristmasOhMy

How Did The Tradition Of Black-Eyed Peas Being Lucky Start?

Back in the days of Southern gentility, and Northern hostility, black-eyed peas were used strictly for the feeding of cattle in the South. During the Civil War battle of Vicksburg, the town was under siege for over 40 days. Supplies were cut off from the town. The entire town was on the brink of starvation. During this time they ate the humble “cowpeas,” to avoid starvation starting a southern tradition. Nowadays black-eyed peas are eaten every New Year’s Day to bring good luck for the coming year. This tradition can be traced back to the times of the Pharaohs in Egypt where black-eyed peas had been a symbol of luck and fortune. The superstition is that those who eat black-eyed peas, an inexpensive and modest food, show their humility and save themselves from the wrath of the heavens because of the vanity they might have. Black-eyed peas are neither a pea nor a bean. They are lentils.

Snoopy Tree at The Dodge Dealership Service Department

Snoopy Tree at The Dodge Dealership Service Department