>Roses Pruned & Planted – Finally!

>I hope everyone had a great week. Mine was hectic, but good. A few big rose events have kept me hopping:

  1. Guest Blog Post. We had an awesome response to my guest blog post at GaGa’s Garden. Thanks to everyone who made the trip over and left comments. GaGa is an awesome rosarian in her own rite. I hope you will add her to your blog roll and check her posts out often.
  2. Roses delivered this week! The bareroot roses I ordered in the fall arrived. All 9 of them. 2 “Lavaglut“, 2 Betty Boop, 2 Scentimental and 3 Our Lady Of Guadalupe. All floribundas.
  3. Raised Beds – I had started raised bed #3 back in October and knew I had #4 to build too. Like many of us I am pulled in 50 directions at once, and the beds were not ready…. I knew I needed to act fast.
  4. Pruning at the Gardens. This is the annual pruning event at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. The Birmingham Rose Society always volunteers to prune the magnificent Dunn Formal Rose Garden. It is a labor of love, to be sure. I was up early on Saturday and headed out to the gardens. Worked about an hour or so and it started to rain… Not just sprinkles, I mean rain. And rain it did, for the remainder of the day….. Plans thwarted… I returned home soaking wet, wondering if I would get my own roses pruned and the new ones planted.
  5. Pruning my own roses. With the Forsythia blooming in all its glory this week, I knew it was time to prune my own roses. The roses I exhibit at shows, I prune low. This gives me long stems and graceful forms. The roses I have for garden and vase, I prune any way I want to…I typically “tip prune” about 1/3 off the top and shape up the shrub. I don’t prune climbers or roses that bloom once a year until after the first flush of bloom.

Having been rained out on Saturday, I was up very early on Sunday in my own garden pruning my guts out! Once done, I started to work on finishing the raised beds. I can’t tell you enough how much help a nail gun can be!! My son and I had them finished in about an hour! I had pre-cut the wood and all we had to do was assemble, fill and plant. I now have a whopping 65 roses in my garden. Can’t wait until the blooms start coming in!!!!!

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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7 Responses to >Roses Pruned & Planted – Finally!

  1. Susan Hemann says:

    >How wonderful that you got your roses planted. I would love to have raised beds. Makes it easier to garden. Love your blog!


  2. Susie says:

    >Hey Redneck, thanks for stopping by. Glad to hear you got your roses pruned. I need to prune my Knock-outs cause they are sprouting new growth everywhere.


  3. >Isn't it a great feeling to step back and know that your roses are ready to start the season? It's almost time for me to sharpen the pruners and get going in my own garden. Yours looks great!


  4. >Sounds like you are going to be busy Chris and knee deep in rose bushes. Have fun and we are all going to enjoy those new roses of your this summer.


  5. HolleyGarden says:

    >Every time I see your raised rose beds, I am convinced that is exactly what I want for a certain area of my garden. Sounds like you've been busy – now I need to get busy and get started on that project!


  6. Darla says:

    >You've been busy…when I saw Redneck in your blog name I knew I had to come see where you are located…love it! Now, I don't feel so lonely.


  7. Rosey says:

    >You just reminded me to order a few cold-hardy roses from my fave company.


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