Making My Way Home

Daughter and I hung around Seaside with number two son and sweet Jenn on Sunday afternoon awaiting their evening flight home, so making my way home was accomplished in stages.  After dropping them at the Destin airport we headed west and stopped for the night in Fairhope, Alabama, where we made our home for the night at the Hampton Inn located right in the middle of downtown.

After dinner and a restful night I was up early and decided that washing my hair was a good idea until I discovered a non-functioning hair dryer!  Lucky for me I had secured a room with a nice balcony and just enjoyed a natural hair dryer…

Fairhope, AL

replete with cheery planters…

Fairhope, AL

we spent some time shopping around the quaint town yesterday morning…

Fairhope, AL

there is always something eye-catching in Fairhope and this frame shop’s outdoor display was proof…

Fairhope, AL

Leaving Fairhope I headed straight for Buckatunna, Mississippi!

Not so long ago I had never even heard of Buckatunna but after meeting James Mills at a plant and patio show in Jackson I knew I wanted to visit K & M Roses in Buckatunna at some point.  I need to learn a bit about this area of Mississippi after seeing all the names of the streams, roads and towns along the way.  K&M is near the Chicasawhay River which actually flows along the property line of the farm that has been in the Mills family for over one hundred years.  They also own K&M Blueberry farm on the same property.

The Mills have been growing Fortuniana-grafted roses for some time and have received multiple awards for their efforts.  The technique they developed for grafting roses has made their roses the standard.  I purchased three last year and vowed that I would shift several of my existing roses around in order to make room for more of their David Austin grafted roses.

Friends, there have about one thousand bushes in the garden where they grow and evaluate the Fortuniana-grafted shrubs…

 K & M Roses is located in Buckatunna, Mississippi, which is in the southeastern part of the state, approximately 65 miles north of Mobile, Alabama. Nestled among the pine trees near the Chicasawhay River, which flows along the property line, the nursery is on property that has been in the Mills family for well over 100 years. The K & M Blueberry farm, one of the area's largest producers of fresh and frozen blueberries, is also located on the Mills property. Owned and operated by James and Daisy Mills, K & M Nursery has been growing and selling high quality Fortuniana-grafted roses for about 20 years. James and Daisy have received many awards over the past 20 years for their dedication to the promotion of Fortuniana-grafted roses. James and Daisy were awarded the Bronze Medal for Outstanding Service by the Mobile Rose Society and the Silver Medal of Honor from the Gulf District of the American Rose Society. James is a Consulting Rosarian, a Master Rosarian, and a Master Gardener. James spends much of his time promoting Fortuniana-grafted roses at seminars and lawn & garden shows across the South. With the help of the Mississippi State extension service, James and Daisy developed a technique for grafting roses that has made their roses the standard for grafted roses. The Mills have approximately 1,000 bushes in their rose garden where they grow and evaluate different varieties of Fortuniana-grafted roses. Their rose garden also contains several huge Fortuniana bushes which supply graftwood for their grafting operation.

young plants being nurtured…

 K & M Roses is located in Buckatunna, Mississippi, which is in the southeastern part of the state, approximately 65 miles north of Mobile, Alabama. Nestled among the pine trees near the Chicasawhay River, which flows along the property line, the nursery is on property that has been in the Mills family for well over 100 years. The K & M Blueberry farm, one of the area's largest producers of fresh and frozen blueberries, is also located on the Mills property. Owned and operated by James and Daisy Mills, K & M Nursery has been growing and selling high quality Fortuniana-grafted roses for about 20 years. James and Daisy have received many awards over the past 20 years for their dedication to the promotion of Fortuniana-grafted roses. James and Daisy were awarded the Bronze Medal for Outstanding Service by the Mobile Rose Society and the Silver Medal of Honor from the Gulf District of the American Rose Society. James is a Consulting Rosarian, a Master Rosarian, and a Master Gardener. James spends much of his time promoting Fortuniana-grafted roses at seminars and lawn & garden shows across the South. With the help of the Mississippi State extension service, James and Daisy developed a technique for grafting roses that has made their roses the standard for grafted roses. The Mills have approximately 1,000 bushes in their rose garden where they grow and evaluate different varieties of Fortuniana-grafted roses. Their rose garden also contains several huge Fortuniana bushes which supply graftwood for their grafting operation.

They even have several Fortuniana bushes that supply the graft wood for their operation.

Amazing place!

I crammed several into the already stuffed beach-filled car!

Oh, and Chiquita found a friend…

 K & M Roses is located in Buckatunna, Mississippi, which is in the southeastern part of the state, approximately 65 miles north of Mobile, Alabama. Nestled among the pine trees near the Chicasawhay River, which flows along the property line, the nursery is on property that has been in the Mills family for well over 100 years. The K & M Blueberry farm, one of the area's largest producers of fresh and frozen blueberries, is also located on the Mills property. Owned and operated by James and Daisy Mills, K & M Nursery has been growing and selling high quality Fortuniana-grafted roses for about 20 years. James and Daisy have received many awards over the past 20 years for their dedication to the promotion of Fortuniana-grafted roses. James and Daisy were awarded the Bronze Medal for Outstanding Service by the Mobile Rose Society and the Silver Medal of Honor from the Gulf District of the American Rose Society. James is a Consulting Rosarian, a Master Rosarian, and a Master Gardener. James spends much of his time promoting Fortuniana-grafted roses at seminars and lawn & garden shows across the South. With the help of the Mississippi State extension service, James and Daisy developed a technique for grafting roses that has made their roses the standard for grafted roses. The Mills have approximately 1,000 bushes in their rose garden where they grow and evaluate different varieties of Fortuniana-grafted roses. Their rose garden also contains several huge Fortuniana bushes which supply graftwood for their grafting operation.

all in all a successful day making my way home…

 K & M Roses is located in Buckatunna, Mississippi, which is in the southeastern part of the state, approximately 65 miles north of Mobile, Alabama. Nestled among the pine trees near the Chicasawhay River, which flows along the property line, the nursery is on property that has been in the Mills family for well over 100 years. The K & M Blueberry farm, one of the area's largest producers of fresh and frozen blueberries, is also located on the Mills property. Owned and operated by James and Daisy Mills, K & M Nursery has been growing and selling high quality Fortuniana-grafted roses for about 20 years. James and Daisy have received many awards over the past 20 years for their dedication to the promotion of Fortuniana-grafted roses. James and Daisy were awarded the Bronze Medal for Outstanding Service by the Mobile Rose Society and the Silver Medal of Honor from the Gulf District of the American Rose Society. James is a Consulting Rosarian, a Master Rosarian, and a Master Gardener. James spends much of his time promoting Fortuniana-grafted roses at seminars and lawn & garden shows across the South. With the help of the Mississippi State extension service, James and Daisy developed a technique for grafting roses that has made their roses the standard for grafted roses. The Mills have approximately 1,000 bushes in their rose garden where they grow and evaluate different varieties of Fortuniana-grafted roses. Their rose garden also contains several huge Fortuniana bushes which supply graftwood for their grafting operation.

 

 

 

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  1. It seems like you were able to take advantage of every moment of your trip. Wonderful memories!