Day 23 – National Rose Month

Hybrid Tea – Yellow Blend
ARS rating – 8.0

'Peace' hybrid tea

This rose was planted in my garden as a tribute to my sweet mother. She suffered a series of strokes in the three years leading up to her death and was paralyzed from the neck down. In those dark lingering days, she found comfort in simple things: a touch, a kind word and the happy smile of friends and family who rallied round this once active and vivacious woman. She longed for a “peace that surpasses our understanding” and it is a fitting tribute to honor her with this rose.

 This rose never produces a bloom that I don’t think of her.

'Peace' hybrid tea


'Peace' hybrid tea in bud


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 and on his popular website;, 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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5 Responses to Day 23 – National Rose Month

  1. Holley says:

    What a sweet tribute to what must have been an amazing woman.


  2. Chris, what a beautiful reminder of your mother and how wonderful to have her presence in your garden.


  3. Kathy Linton says:

    Chris, thanks for sharing the lovely Peace rose and what it has meant to both you and your mother. What a wonderful tribute to her!


  4. your roses are inspiring and have given me the fortitude to try again for the third time to give rose gardening a try. each time I’ve had varing degrees of success in my Virginia garden. what a wonderful tribute to your mother who raised a very caring son. bless you and thank you for sharing your beautiful roses with us.


    • An old friend told me once, if you think you can’t grow roses, you just aren’t growing the right varieties! I have a blogger pal in Virginia. Connie lives over in Fredricksburg and is an independent rose grower who specializes in old garden and heritage roses. Being in your ‘neck of the woods’ she would be an excellent resource for you and she also has some beautiful roses. her blog is

      With more modern varieties, I am having good luck with floribundas and polyantha roses. In particular, Julia Child & Caldwell Pink. You might consider giving those a try. Best of luck to you. I look forward to hearing how the next chapter of your rose gardening adventures come out….


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