>Rose Report – September 2008


September 2008

  • Golden Celebration – New Growth after a summer pruning and heeding the advice of an online rosarian who suggested I stop fertilizing weekly and let the plant establish roots.
  • Veteran’s Honor – Some new growth after planting. Still putting down roots.
  • Just Joey – Wow! This rose is growing like crazy…. Many buds and new growth.
  • Don Juan – New shoots and canes to be tied up on the trellis this week.
  • Peace – Still sickly, but is finally putting out some new growth.
  • Dream Come True – This plant is living up to its name. Nice bush formation and pretty blooms.
  • Mr. Lincoln – This 2 yr old is finally taking shape.
  • Gypsy – This rose is growing nicely. Pretty blooms.
  • Unidentified Pink Rose – My best performer. If I only knew what her name was….

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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