>The Leatherwood Rose – Revisited


Yesterday, as I was busy in our back yard planting the “Iceburg” floribunda, I went out my side gate and out of the corner of my eye, a flash of yellow drew me to our neighbors Forsythia. It was beginning to bloom. When we lived in Nashville, we had a neighbor who had the most beautiful Forsythia bushes. She had told me that most of these 4ft round bushes were from cuttings that she had literally just “stuck in the ground” and watered. I always knew that Spring was just about here when Mrs. Dodd’s Forsythia’s were in bloom. I made an entry in my journal about Mrs. Dodd and how she inspired my love for roses several years ago. I thought it was worth a re-post for today.

I hope you will read and enjoy: Mrs. Dodd and our Leatherwood Rose

Pictued here is a photo of our “Leatherwood Rose” taken in 1999.


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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2 Responses to >The Leatherwood Rose – Revisited

  1. >What a wonderful post. Having been on my hands an knees many a time looking for sprouts from roots of roses that were once there….I can appreciated your attachment to a saved beauty.


  2. >Loved your Mrs. Dodd story! Thank you so much.


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