3 Year Wait Over

My 1st Artist's Palette: Top Left to Right & around the circle 'Moondance', 'Betty Boop', 'LavaFlow', 'Scentimental' 'Julia Child'

I began planting floribunda roses about 3 years ago. Not only to provide color for the garden, but also to try for a chance to put together an artist’s palette. 

An artist’s palette is displayed at Rose Shows to showcase floribundas. The requirements for the palette are: five different floribundas at their most perfect stage of bloom.  The beauty of it is that all roses entered must have been grown in your garden. For me, it’s quite a challenge.

The other day, I was out in the garden and realized that all five varieties of my floribundas were blooming at once! Even though our rose show is a recent memory, I could not pass up the opportunity to grab an artist’s palette from the garage, fill the tiny water containers, cut a few blooms and prepare one for display.  I’m not so sure it would win a ribbon at the rose show, but I was very proud to see this on my garden room table!


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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4 Responses to 3 Year Wait Over

  1. Holley says:

    Very pretty. Each bloom is just perfect.


  2. Susan Hemann says:

    I absolutely love it! Being a artist, it is stunning and playful. I had never heart of it in regards to a rose show before.


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