>End Of The Rose Growing Season – Lessons Learned


Alas, the time has come to close out the 2010 roses growing season in my garden. A cold front seems to have stalled over my house. Temperatures are dipping tonight to 19 degrees, this extreme cold and frost has rendered my beautiful roses dormant for another season.

Now that the roses have reached a dormant state, I have one final rose chore before the swirling eddy of holiday festivities begins to dominate our lives until the New Year.

Our “Veteran’s Honor”, “Tropicana” & “Mr. Lincoln” have grown well over 6 ft tall and need to be cut back to about waist height. All three of these are grafted Hybrid Teas and could easily be damaged by the winter winds. I neglected this chore last year, and lost several good canes on the “Mr. Lincoln”. I try not to repeat past mistakes….

This year has been fun and challenging in the garden and in my life. I have learned much, thanks to my wonderful blogging friends. You all continue to inspire and delight this transplanted redneck from Tennessee.

Some things I learned this year about myself and my roses:

  • Roses really do need about 1 inch of water per week to thrive
  • Daily Garden Walks Are Good For The Soul
  • The right soil mixture makes all the difference
  • I have more of a competitive streak than I ever imagined
  • It’s ok to grow floribundas!
  • My wife loves roses about as much as I do
  • Raised beds are easy to construct
  • Organic fertilizers work best
  • Be proactive with your spray program for diseases
  • Rose societies require two basic elements: People & Roses
  • Keep the main thing, the main thing in life and in roses
  • Listen to the advice of learned people
  • Never give up on yourself, your family, your friends or your garden
  • Time is fleeting, never miss an opportunity to enjoy your garden!

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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11 Responses to >End Of The Rose Growing Season – Lessons Learned

  1. jim says:

    >I have learned from you, Chris.


  2. Rosey says:

    >These are all good things! I like the one about never giving up. Very inspirational!


  3. >Thank you for sharing your beautiful garden this past year.


  4. >Dear Chris, I continue to learn so much about rose growing from you, Chris. Thank you, sincerely, for your prayers.Pamela


  5. Jim Groble says:

    >Well said. Your header is wonderful. Have a Blessed and Merry Christmas with your friends and family. jim


  6. >Chris, those are fine lessons all, funny how what we learn in the garden translates well in life.


  7. debsgarden says:

    >Great post! I also enjoyed your post on winterizing roses. You give some wonderful tips and advice. Thanks! Have a blessed and wonderful Christmas, and may your roses bloom bountifully in the New Year!


  8. >Winter is for taking stock of successes and setbacks, and dreaming of our spring rose garden yet to come. You have presented such wisdom with this list of yours … both for the garden, and for life in general. This made my morning!


  9. >Yes, I cut back my Mr. Lincoln and any tall canes to about waist high. Not only does it prevent wind damage, it makes the yard look neater.


  10. Erin Wallace says:

    >I'm So Happy that you found my blog – my love for roses (mostly climbers, ramblers, and old fashioned) knows no ends. And your growing season lasted until December!!! Must be nice to be out of gardening zone 5 and be able to grow all of those cool tropicals. I will be following!xo Erin


  11. Kit says:

    >Thanks, Chris, for your writing this year and your lovely roses. – Kitjer


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