>My Alabama Rose Garden – In Winter


My roses seem content to sleep under a blanket of snow.
The bed in the foreground was planted just last fall. This is my “Exhibition” bed. Full of mainly exhibition type hybrid teas such as “Louise Estes”, “Marilyn Wellan” and “Hot Princess”.

The bed in the background (planted 3/10) is full of floribundas – “Julia Child” & “Moondance”

They are awesome repeat bloomers! There are roses planted all along the fence also.
Have gotten a lot of seeds in the mail this week. Will post soon about my sowing efforts. Hope everyone is having a great week!

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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6 Responses to >My Alabama Rose Garden – In Winter

  1. >Snow in Alabama. That just does not look or sound right Chris.I always associate Alabama with warm. LOL!


  2. greggo says:

    >Chris, I hear a little bit of yearning in your post. I'm stuck at home with visions of gardens past and future dancing in my pea brain.Ha! Are your temperatures below normal and do you think you might lose any roses to low temps?


  3. Jennifer says:

    >I can't wait till April and I see some early blooming roses here. sigh.


  4. Msrobin says:

    >I'm much farther north than you, yet my rose garden looks the same. Asleep under the snow!


  5. >Lona:I know what you mean, when we moved to Birmingham I thought I was finished with ice and snow in winter……Greggo:You are right, I yearn for Spring….Most of my roses are own root or on "Dr. Huey" understock and they are fine. I do have one bed that grow on "fortuniana" understock and they are not cold hardy. Several days temps that do not climb above freezing and I could easily loose them despite my efforts to protect them with mulch. Jennifer: My "Don Juan" Climber is ually the first to bloom. Can't wait to see it….


  6. Masha says:

    >I love your pictures of snow on the roses (we don't get that here!). I was just finished pruning last week. I am looking forward to seeing more rose pictures as spring comes. Thank you for coming to my blog, and I am very happy to meet another rosarian.


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