>A Vision In White


My white roses are in bloom this week. I love white roses and have always wanted to grow them in my garden, but had hesitated because so many had said they were fussy and had to be pampered. To some extent, I guess they were right. Last month, I had reported that the blooms on my white roses looked “dirty”, had brown spots and were not attractive. A fellow blogger thought it might be botrytis. It is a fungal disease and can ruin a rose bloom. The disease affects mainly white and light color roses, and can be controlled with spray. I began a spray routine especially for this problem. It seems to have worked. This flush of bloom is free of spots. See for yourself!
Moondance – floribunda
Beautiful bloom form
Center has a green tint when opening
This floribunda is now one to watch.
Iceberg – floribunda
This bush was just planted int he spring and is a bloom machine!
They make great bouquets from just one stem of blooms

The petals of this rose seem very thin to me, which only adds to its allure.


While I think white roses require a tad more care, I definitely think they are well worth the effort.


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 >A Vision In White

  1. Laura says:

    >Love the Ice Berg, very nice!


  2. >What spray did you use? I normally use the Bayer Advanced Disease Control, but still have some boytritis on a few roses. I can't seem to get rid of it. The weather this year has been very hot/wet and I think that has contributed to it.


  3. >Your roses are lovely. I have many different varieties, but have never grown Moondance.~~Dee


  4. debsgarden says:

    >Beautiful! I love the creamy white and blush colored roses.Your hard work has paid off.


  5. Jennifer says:

    >I love white roses at dusk..they just glow! Yours are beautiful!


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