>Flush of Bloom Friday – "Don Juan"

> We are seeing a nice flush of bloom on the Don Juan climbing rose. The blooms are so pretty, producing good sized blooms that are the deepest color red. My little camera cannot adequately capture its beauty. This year, the growth on this rose has been mainly from the bottom of the plant. It has produced several new basal canes. I am not very well versed at training roses on trellises. Most of my attempts have resulted in damaged canes and a lot of frustration. So this rose, is partially trellised and partially doing its own thing in my garden. With such pretty blooms, this suits me just fine.

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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.
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