>Thursday Bouquet


We are having quite a little flush of bloom this week. I have picked several bouquets to share with friends and neighbors. I must note that the “Dream Come True” Grandiflora has come into its own this year, producing a multitude of beautiful blooms. This is its third summer in my garden….. (sleep, creep, leap!) Many of the new roses I planted this year are putting down roots and putting out some very nice foliage and a few blooms. Can’t wait until next year to see what they can do.

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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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2 Responses to >Thursday Bouquet

  1. Laura says:

    >Great colours! I never have enough roses for a full bouquet. Just enough to grace their presence in a perennial mix. Right now that's mostly coneflowers.


  2. debsgarden says:

    >What a beautiful bouquet! It also complements those birdhouses in the background.Thanks for coming by my blog and commenting on my Snowflake hydrangea post. I don't know why your own hydrangea is not prospering. Oakleaf has average soil and water needs (except needs more water during our hot summer) and likes semi shade. Morning sun is best. They won't bloom well in deep shade or if pruned improperly — they bloom on old wood. Good luck!


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