>After I dropped my son off for his morning classes, I almost made to I-65 to head into Birmingham for another day at the office, when I just “too a notion” to stop at Lowe’s home center. My primal rose instincts must have been on point, as they had just marked several varieties of roses down 75% off. For about $15 this is what I purchased:
2 Caldwell Pink – Earth Kind Roses – 1 gal containers
2 The Fairy – Earth Kind Roses – 1 gal containers
2 Rainbow Knockout Roses – 3 gal containers
Earth Kind Roses are said to be tried and true for just about any garden, so I had to give them a try. This brings my rose total to 39 roses in my garden. I am trying to hit 50 by the close of this year.
I also bought 2 double pink knockouts for my Admin (Brenda) at the bank. I have been after her to plant roses in her garden. I figured this would be a good start…..
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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.
>The disease progresses!
>Caldwell Pink is a great rose!