>Roses Planted – "Mary Rose" & Burgundy Iceberg


Despite the incredibly HOT weather in Alabama this week, I was able to dig three holes deep enough to get my new roses planted. This now brings my rose count to 45.

I planted the two “Mary Rose” – David Austin English Roses bushes out behind the fence along our back alley. From my reading and research on this rose, it is one of the most widely grown English roses. That it is among the first to bloom in the Spring and blooms regularly throughout the summer. It has beautiful pink blooms and a very nice fragrance. The bushes I purchased were in bud, below is a picture of one of the booms.

My love of history also drew me to this rose, as it is named after King Henry VIII’s flagship that was sank in 1545 and was recovered from sea after 400 years.
I had also bought a “Burgundy Iceberg”, which I planted among the irises along the side of our house. I needed a little TLC, I pruned it back significantly and will post pictures as soon as it produces a bloom.

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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