>10 Rose Resolutions for 2010


So we begin a new year and a new decade. 2010 promises to be a great year and I am excited to see it begin. As with every year, many of us make resolutions. Below are mine. It is what I will aspire to in the coming year. We’ll see……

  1. Read at least two new books on Rose Gardening.
  2. Be diligent to journal/blog my gardening adventures.
  3. Start my own book on Rose Gardening. Everyone has a story to tell!
  4. Encourage someone to grow roses and then help them plant one.
  5. Become more knowledgeable about companion plants for roses.
  6. Weed and Walk my garden daily! (my back already aches)
  7. Resist impulse rose buying!!!
  8. Encourage people to join their local Rose Society.
  9. Spray for insects only when absolutely necessary.
  10. Be diligent and proactive about spraying for black spot on rose that I want to Show.

We will spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives …not looking for our flaws, but for potential. – Ellen Goodman.

May your new year be filled with just enough rain, lots of sunshine and beautiful roses!


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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7 Responses to >10 Rose Resolutions for 2010

  1. Nell Jean says:

    >Here are my resolutions:* Plant more roses.* Fertilize the roses timely.* Prune roses carefully, timely.* Cut roses for inside the house.* Give roses to others. * Stand downwind of the fragrant ones.


  2. Christine B. says:

    >I like that you are going to encourage someone to grow roses and then help them plant one. Chosing one to plant is the hard part for me. There are so many beauties out there to chose from. Luckily my garden is in a colder zone (3ish) so that cuts my choices down (never thought I'd say that!).Happy New Year,Christine in Alaska


  3. Rosey Pollen says:

    >I planted ONE rose in the fall. Maybe it will survive this extremely cold winter. If it does, then there will be celebrating.RoseyHappy New Year… I am checking out some of your fave movies, since you have such good taste with Napolean.:)


  4. Di says:

    >Beautiful rose photos Chris. Happy New Year and the best for 2010. Diana


  5. Jim Groble says:

    >Pat and i want to plant our first rose this year in the front yard. The front yard faces south is mostly sunny. The soil is clay, but we always amend. i sure could use your help. We would like something bushy with lots of small flowers. Thanksjim


  6. >Lovely post, Chris. I wish I could be your #4 resolution! A new rose bed is on my list, so I'll be looking to you for advice. Happy New Year. Pamela


  7. >Jim, There are several types of roses you might want to check on. One of course, is widely popular knockout roses. They now come in Red, Pink and Yellow. We have red and pink and they are thriving with no extra care other than watering. You might also want to check out some of the "earth-kind" roses now available. "Duchesse De Brabant" or maybe "Carefree Beauty." All of these are known for disease resistance and tolerance to a cold winter. Most of these varieties are widely available at home stores and local nurseries. I hope this helps…. A link that might help:http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/earthkind/roses/


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