>Veteran’s Honor – For Father’s Day


Today I purchased a rose that has long been held in high esteem among many rose enthusiasts; Veteran’s Honor. This rose has graced many a Queen’s table at all the rose shows I have attended. With this rose taking Queen of the Show this year at the Birmingham Rose Show, I knew I had to have one of my own. I used well rotted manure and some humus along with some fresh garden soil to help get this rose growing.

I am steadily running out of room anymore roses. I have already relocated a hydrangea and now an azalea to accommodate my previous plantings this year. I need to go ahead and plow up that section in the center of my back yard. I can get at least 5-7 more rose bushes in that spot.

My dad never served in the armed services due to a heart ailment, but my father-in-law did. I am grateful to him and all those who are willing to lay their lives on the line to provide the warm blanket of protection and freedom that we all enjoy in the United States. This rose will serve as a reminder to me that Freedom is never free.


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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