>Spring Pruning 2010 – Complete


It has been raining here for two days now. I was determined to prune this week come “hell or high water”, I never imagined the latter would occur, but it did. Just up the road, The Cahaba River is at flood stage in Old Town and my back yard is standing in water.

So, with pruners in my hand and a hoodie on my head, I began the task at hand.

Lots of die back this year. My “Dream Come True”, “Queen Elizabeth”, and “Mr. Lincoln” were pruned almost to the ground. I hope they make a comeback.

If the rain lets up and the water recedes, I will being my spray program this weekend.

This year, I will be spraying fungicide weekly; rotating Ortho and Mancozeb. This rotation was suggested to me by several rosarians and I hope to have better control of blackspot. I only spray insecticide if I see a problem. Don’t want to kill the good bugs… 🙂

The photo is from last summer “Dream Come True” Grandiflora.

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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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4 Responses to >Spring Pruning 2010 – Complete

  1. >Chris, I'm noticing a lot of canker. Not much die back, even on the Teas.The bourbons always suffer. I should just throw them out.


  2. Rosey Pollen says:

    >This has NOTHING to do with your post but I wanted to say thanks for mentioning "Luther" on your favorite movies. We watched it this week and absolutely LOVED It.It was amazing. Rosey


  3. >Rosey, So glad you enjoyed Luther. He is a hero of mine. I thought this film was well made.


  4. Jennifer says:

    >Glad someone has luck with Queen E. Mine got shovel pruned today! She just never earned her keep. I'm going to plant my montana mayleen clematis in her place when it comes from mail order. I scored on 2 40# bags of rose fertilizer on freecycle yesterday. Soon I'm going to work on spreading that around. I haven't had much dieback on my roses which surprises me with the winter we had. I finally got to the last of my rose pruning..2 knockout standards and my mammoth knockout by my porch.


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