>Spring Pruning 2010

>After spending the weekend pruning other people’s roses, I began to prune my own today. I prune roses this week in particular for a reason. It takes about 60 days for most roses to develop into a bloom and I plan to exhibit a few of my roses during The Birmingham Rose Show and Exhibition held Mother’s Day Weekend in Birmingham. I don’t enter roses to win awards, but to show what beauty and joy can be had by growing our national flower. It gives people a chance to see hundreds of roses all in one place.

I pruned “Gold Medal” and “Tropicana” this morning. These two are the only potted roses I grow. I also sprayed them with Ortho. Tomorrow, the others will receive their Spring pruning……..

I still have a raised bed to build this week. Can you believe some of the home stores want $80 for a raised bed kit??????

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 >Spring Pruning 2010

  1. >Of all the moderns, I think Tropicana would be my favorite. You are a gluten for punishment doing all that pruning. It makes my hands hurt just thinking about it.BTW, I once entered a rose in a rose show. Back in 1978.It was Pristine. I was laughed out of the exhibition hall. Never did it again and never will do it again.


  2. >It is awful what they want for raised beds. Good grief even I can drive a nail or screw into a few boards to save money, who cares if they are crooked or bent nails LOL! A question. Does your Tropicana and Golden Bouquet have continuous blooms.I plan to add more roses and I am really looking for some that put on blooms often rather than one flash of bloom. Thanks.Lona


  3. >Jim, I could never imagine you being laughed out of anywhere. I can tell you that your roses would be welcome in the Birmingham Show any year. We are always heavy on Hybrid Teas and light on Old Roses. So many people miss out on growing roses because they don't know enough about the roses you love to grow, let alone see their beauty and smell their fragrance close up. I wish you would reconsider exhibiting your roses, Lord knows we need rose lovers like yourself to teach people like me…. Thanks for your blog and your roses.


  4. >Lona,The Tropicana and Gold Medal roses are hybrid teas and will bloom about 3 times a year. If you want continuous bloom in a shrub rose, I would try the knockout roses that are on the market. They come in a Pink, light pink, red and a new yellow color. They will provide an almost constant display of color for you. I hope this helps.


  5. >Chris, I understand that the Portland rose "Yolande d'Aragon is used for competition in these parts. It probably could win on fragrance alone. But, I haven't been to a rose show since 1978.You ought to gitcha one and try it out.


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