>Farewell 2009 – Welcome 2010


I have been somewhat “out of pocket” for the past several weeks, traveling to visit family and friends and generally enjoying the holidays and the company of all. We are all safely back home now and my thoughts have already turned to my rose garden. January in Alabama means Lime Sulphur spray and the arrival of a multitude of seed/plant catalogs. Both of these things keep me sane in the dark dismal month’s of winter.

This morning, I took my final “garden walk” of the year to check on my roses; both old and new and was reminded of all the wonderful friendships I have made this year via this blog; of how much good information and advice that has come my way.

For these things, I say thank you so much!

Farewell 2009 – Bring on 2010!

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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5 Responses to >Farewell 2009 – Welcome 2010

  1. >Happy New Year, Chris. You are month ahead of me spraying. May your roses be prize winners this coming year.Jim


  2. >RR~~ I'm looking forward to reading about and seeing your rose gardens. Happy new year.


  3. Christine B. says:

    >I just received my first plant catalog last week…a wonderful Christmas present on a dreary winter day. Hope your catalogs get to you soon.Happy New Year,Christine in Alaska


  4. debsgarden says:

    >I am glad you had a good Christmas. I was out in my garden today, as well, thinking about all that needs to be done next year. My knockout roses are still blooming! I have a friend, a self-confessed "rose snob", who says she wouldn't have one in her garden, but I have to admire their diligence!May you and your family have a blessed and productive 2010.


  5. >Jim:I am hoping to enter my Reine Des Violettes this year…. Deb:My wife also calls me a "rose snob" for having resisted planting knockouts until this very year. I should have known she was right, I do like them… I want to plant more old garden roses in 2010. Happy New Year!


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