>Roses Planted – "Social Climber"

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Jackson and Perkins has a Tuesday web special called “Two Good Tuesdays”. During one of their first e-mail offerings (3/16/10) they offered 3 climbing roses for $29.99 with free shipping. Some quick math will tell you this is a bargain for good quality roses, so I ordered. And waited. E-mailed. Was told to be patient…..(ouch!) I am very accustomed to the point, click, ship in 24 hrs mentality. And waited. e-mailed again. Was then told their vendor had problems harvesting the plantings. Finally, the roses arrived on 4/28/10. The bare root plants had nice roots. I soaked them for 48 hours in a 5 gallon bucket in water to hydrate the plants. Tyler and I dug two holes and got two of them in the ground behind my blushing knockouts against my neighbors stockade fence.

The photo is courtesy of Jackson and Perkins.
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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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