New Rose In The Garden – Van Leer Rose

When the folks at Biltmore announced that they were releasing a rose named for famed Country music superstar Loretta Lynn, I knew I’d have to get one. Hybridized by Brad Jalbert, this rose is a real charmer. This rose was selected from the roses entered in the Biltmore International Rose Trials to be a part of the Biltmore Collection of roses. This prestigious rose trial attracts hybridizes from around the globe.

My shrub was purchased bud and bloom at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens Spring Plant sale and I rushed home to plant it. The buds began to open this week and I couldn’t be more pleased.


As I do with all the roses in our garden, I will be tracking growth habit, bloom cycles and disease resistance. Early days yet, but this far Loretta’s namesake rose is a winner!

Van Leer – Loretta Lynn Rose

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Wordless Wednesday – Container Gardening & Iris In Bloom







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And So It Begins – Bloom Season

The long awaited bloom season has arrived. Slowly at first, but now with the days advancing more and more of our cherished roses are beginning to shine.



First Bloom of Climbing Pinkie – Climbing Polyantha – Earth Kind



First Blooom of Mutabilis – China Rose – Earth Kind

Stay Tuned!



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Diana’s Favorite Flower


Somehow I just knew it would be a rose….

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Diana's Favorite Flowers


The late Princess Diana may not have been Southern, but her grace, style, and concern for others certainly made her our kindred spirit. Memories of Diana fill our hearts, but how many of them fill our gardens? See if you can guess which one of the following was Diana’s favorite flower. You might be growing it!

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First Bloom 2014 – Old Blush

20140417-211456.jpgWe wait the great anticipation each year for the first bloom. Last year, Climbing Pinkie took that honor on April 14, and the year before, Mary Rose bloomed on March 16. That was the year we had no winter to speak of. But this year, Old Blush takes this honor. Curious that all are Pink roses.

Old Blush has been around for hundreds of years and is a favorite of gardeners everywhere. So glad we have one and so glad she has graced us with her blooms.


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New Growth, Buds & A Bloom



‘Climbing Pinkie’ is full of hundreds of tiny buds… Can’t wait for the bloom show20140416-070222.jpg


If you remember from a previous post, I cut these shrubs of ‘Benjamin Britten’ to prevent wind rock back in the winter. They have bounced back and buds are forming.

Bloom of 'Graham Thomas' - Just Purchased from local plant sale

‘Graham Thomas’ 

Could not resist posting a bloom pic… The morning after I planted this rose already full of buds, this beautiful bloom appeared. I have long wanted a ‘Graham Thomas’ rose and am so very happy to add it to my collection of David Austin roses that grow in our garden.

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Wordless Wednesday – Spring Blooms at Birmingham Botanical Gardens








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10 Pictures That’ll Make You Even Happier For Spring!


Great post from Southern Living

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Join us in celebrating warmer weather; it was just the Spring Equinox! Post photos on IG from this weekend’s spring time activities with #southernsnapshotspringishere for a chance to be featured!

Photo by Roger Foley

Photo by Roger Foley

Photo by Jennifer Davick
Photo by Jennifer Davick
Photo by Erica George Dines
Photo by Erica George Dines
Photo by Helen Norman
Photo by Helen Norman

Photo by David Hanson

Photo by David Hanson

Photo by David Hanson

Photo by David Hanson

Photo by Roger Foley

Photo by Roger Foley

Photo by Helen Norman

Photo by Helen Norman

Photo by Helen Norman

Photo by Helen Norman

Photo by Jennifer Davick

Photo by Jennifer Davick

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Welcome Spring!

Spring finally officially arrives today. And I can say that I am mighty glad to see it come. The past winter has been especially cold here in Alabama and the arrival of warmer days gives me hope for the growing season ahead. The signs are everywhere:


Daffodils are revealing themselves all over town


Glads are surfacing yearing to make their presence known


Early blooming daylilies & iris are putting in an appearance


Our shrubs of “Julia Child” floribunda are leafed out and raring to go! (as are the other 150+ roses in our garden)


A new look for our screened porch to sit and enjoy the spring weather


It wouldn’t be spring in Alabama without bright yellow daffodils to herald spring’s arrival

I hope this spring finds you happy and blessed and if not, that you will allow the sights and sounds of spring to renew and refresh your mind, body and spirit.

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