>Hopeful For Spring

>Here I am sitting at my breakfast room table up to my elbows in seed and rose catalogs and hoping for an early spring. I can’t believe some of the claims these catalog folks make. A blue rose????

It was a warm fall in Alabama. Thus far, January has been cold. We are getting quite a bit of rain, which we need desperately. The drought of 2007 left us in a terrible state. And we welcome the precipitation. The new roses I planted in late summer seem to be making it throught the winter well. I am looking forward to seeing their progress on a second year of growth and bloom.

I already have plans to add to my collection of roses and am looking forward to Birmingham’s annual rose show and exhibition coming up on May 10 & 11. My wife wants to know where we are going to put them. I told her we would make room. We always do.


About Chris VanCleave - America's Favorite Rose Gardener

Christopher R. VanCleave – America’s Favorite Rose Gardener Nicknamed "The Redneck Rosarian”, Chris VanCleave is passionate about gardening and growing roses. He is an active member of the Birmingham chapter of the American Rose Society, serving two terms as President. In 2007, he created the Rose Chat Podcast which has reached over a half a million listeners with news and information on growing on growing the world’s most beloved flower, the rose. He was a contributor to the 2015 Southern Living Gardening Book, has appeared on P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home television show and was featured in the June 2015 issue of Southern Living Magazine. Locally, Chris serves as Chairman of the Helena Alabama Beautification Board where he has spearheaded efforts to create a sustainable landscape in one of the top one hundred places to live in the United States. His writing is seen at About.com and on his popular website; RedneckRosarian.com, where he chronicles his gardening adventures and explores an intrinsic mix of life, faith and gardening. An agent of change with over 20 years’ experience in process innovation, Mr. VanCleave is leading the charge to reinvigorate horticultural societies and helping them to reach their full potential in the social media age.
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