>Monday Rose Chores

>The rain we had over the weekend was a welcome respite from the 97+ degree days Alabama has experienced for the past 40 days or so. My rose chores are falling behind, so this morning I spent some time in the garden.

With any rain, comes the onset of blackspot. I cleared away all fallen leaves and removed any diseased ones from the the floribunda bed. I also deadheaded this bed. These roses are in a constant state of bloom. I am really sold on the raised bed concept! Keeping diseased leaves away from the clean ones, will help stop the spread of blackspot. I will spray this afternoon.

I still need to weed the bed of David Austin Roses and clear out leaves & spindly growth. These have a habit of throwing out some very long canes in the late summer, I have been trying to peg them down to other canes for extra bloom. We’ll watch and see…..

There is always something to do in the garden. So, I try to do a little each day. That doesn’t always happen.

I read an awesome quote today I thought I would share:

“When you are in the final days of your life, what will you want? Will you hug that college degree in the walnut frame? Will you ask to be carried to the garage so you can sit in your car? Will you find comfort in rereading your financial statement? Of course not. What will matter then will be people. If relationships will matter most then, shouldn’t they matter most now?” — Max Lucado

Happy Monday!

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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