>Mission Accomplished!


Since my rose odyssey began, Tina has lamented that she never sees a bloom in the garden. That I cut them all for vase or to give away; all of which is true. As you know, I have been busy this spring planting and growing some new roses. Some of which are in the raised bed I constructed and are now in full bloom.
I must say that the Julia Child floribunda has definitely lived up to its expectations! It has been in bloom or bud since late April and we have seen just an abundance of beautiful blooms. I have noticed no blackspot whatsoever.

The Moondance floribunda is blooming nicely, but the blooms of this white rose always look dirty to me. The very fist blooms of the season were a nice pristine white and the subsequent ones have not lived up to expectations. I imagine the sun does a number on them.

All in all, I can say that the raised bed project to give Tina the blooms she so richly deserves is now accomplished. She now sits each morning and sips coffee on the screened porch and enjoys an incredible burst of yellow and white in the garden. The old saying is true, “if mama’s happy, everyone is happy”

I am still planning a companion bed adjacent to this one, with a cross over trellis. Alas, a rose gardener’s work is never done….

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 >Mission Accomplished!

  1. >I love your Julia Child rose. It is gorgeous. Another raised bed sounds like a great idea then you can grow some climbing ones on the arches.


  2. Laura says:

    >I've been eying that Julia Child rose. Your pictures is making more and more tempting. No black spot you say?


  3. >The Julia Child is gorgeous! I am not having much luck with roses right now, and I'm feeling a little despondent. Glad I can enjoy them vicariously through your blog!


  4. >I have 3 Moondance and other white roses. The browning of the petals could be two things. Thrips are always on white and light color roses and they damage the blooms. Also, many of my roses have boitrytis this year because of the weather. Usually the sun will age the blooms faster, but will not brown the petals.


  5. >Laura,No blackspot whatsoever on this rose, with very little spray. Very healty bushes. American Woman,Thanks for the adivce on thrips and boitrytis, I will see what I can do to get rid of this. It is now affecting my pink Keepsake rose.


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