>R.I.P. – Shovel Pruning Hurts Your Feelings….

>I shovel pruned two roses today.

“Just Joey”

One a 3 year veteran of my garden. “Just Joey”, a hybrid tea, never really took off. I dormant sprayed way too late last year and I think that kinda did it in. I only saw 3-4 blooms all year. Down to one very small cane, it had to go.

“Louise Estes”

The second was “Louise Estes” a exhibition hybrid tea. I just bought and planted this rose last fall. It is planted along side of similar type exhibition roses that are doing fine. Louise just withered and died this week.

I must admit it kinda hurt my feelings……

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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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