>Winter Rose Chore – Dead Leaf Removal


This is the first warm sunny day in Birmingham in many weeks! It was a great opportunity for me to work in the garden. The winter rain, cold and wind tend to create an atmosphere just right for the growth of mold and fungus, which can spell disaster in the rose garden. To help combat this problem, I collect as many fallen rose leaves as can be collected. I also remove any dead leaves from the canes as I go. They seem to be the main culprit when it comes to disease. Even though, I have sprayed with dormant spray, I want to be sure that the garden gets off to a disease free start.
It won’t be long until we can prune (early March in Alabama) and look forward to seeing beautiful disease free shrubs in the garden again. Happy Saturday to all!

Photo: Spring 2010 – Julia Child Floribunda

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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