>Rose Snobbery? Knock Out Roses Planted

>We have a spot next to our screened porch that had two azalea’s which have not produced a bloom in two years. Today, I shovel pruned these and replaced them with two red Knock Out rose bushes. I have heard so much about knock outs, that I thought I would give them a try. I was a bit apprehensive, due to some crazy notion that I have that they are not “real” roses. Real in the sense that they do not fall into the “normal” rose categories. They don’t have to be sprayed, pruned, shaped, sprayed, pruned…………………. My wife says that I have reached the height of rose snobbery, by excluding these shrub roses based on such a notion. I guess she’s right. So, I planted them; fertilized them, and even though they say you don’t have to, I sprayed them with a fungicide…. Old habits die hard………….


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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