>"A Big Rain"

>When I was growing up in Nashville, I would call my grandmother in Pearl, Mississippi and she would inevitably tell me about the weather. She would say “Honey, we had a BIG RAIN here yesterday.” She had a way of speaking that was like none other I have ever encountered. Everything thing she reported seemed bigger than life to me, even the weather. She was a very religious person and held true to her Methodist faith all her life. She was fiercely opposed to such vices as card playing and dancing. She said her daddy told her such things “only lead to ruination”. I took a pack of playing cards with me to her house one summer to help pass the time with a game or two of “go fish” with my grandpa. The minute she spied them, she went into a 20 tirade about how if I played cards I would surely end up in the penitentiary by the time I reached adulthood. She confiscated the cards, never to be seen again.

Yesterday’s storm in Helena Alabama yielded quite a bit of rain for our flowers and I am sure she would have reported to me a ” BIG RAIN” here yesterday.


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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