Day 28 – National Rose Month

“Unidentified” Pink
Possibly “Country Dancer”
What Do You Think?

So many folks get caught up in making sure they have a name for all their roses. I am one of them. I like to know what I am growing and keep a record of its growth habit, blooms and general health and vigor. I also exhibit roses, and that requires identification.  

All of that is well and good. But I think sometimes I miss out on beautiful roses because of my quest to “know”. Tina was presented with this beautiful rose from Bob & Martha Eskew.

The Eskew’s have been members of the Birmingham Rose Society for over 25 years. Let me tell you Bob knows roses. He knows good roses and has more crystal awards than you can shake a stick at from the winners table at rose shows around the south.  Having won the coveted “Queen” of Miniflora & Miniature this year alone at the Birmingham Rose Show. He exhibits for the thrill of it, but also to raise awareness about the rose and to teach good cultivation habits for roses. I am proud to know them and every time this beauty blooms, I think of them and the impact they have had on our lives.


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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2 Responses to Day 28 – National Rose Month

  1. Susan Hemann says:

    Lovely rose. I always want to know the name of the rose, but enjoying it’s beauty is foremost.


  2. Paul Daniels says:

    Guilty, guilty and guilty……


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