Fertilizer Friday

Today I am joining Tootsie Time blog for Fertilizer Friday! Be sure and check out her blog and all the others participating today. I know you’ll enjoy it!

The anniversary of my birth came round last week and I was surprised with a gift certificate from my favorite garden shop. No to be one to procrastinate, I immediately made plants to visit Hannas Garden Shop. Four new roses later, I left with two hybrid tea specimens of “Artistry” and two floribunda specimens of “Cinco de Mayo”.   

My wife loves the colors of Cinco de Mayo and I was struck by the form and beauty of Artistry at a recent garden party we attended. The photo of which was taken at that garden party.

They are two very different roses. One is classic rose form and the other a more open ruffled bloom. Both are captivating. 

"Artistry" hybrid tea - Taken at a recent garden party in Birmingham

1st photo of "Cinco de Mayo" floribunda in my garden

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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10 Responses to Fertilizer Friday

  1. I am so glad to see you have shared in my little party!!! I see you on Twitter all the time…and I lurk around on your blog here and there…Roses are not my specialty…so when the two that I have survive the winter…I celebrate…and if they bloom…well….it’s an all out party!!
    I love the photos…the second one reminds me of the wild rose of Alberta’s bloom a little bit. I really like the color of the first one you shared…artistry?
    Anyway….thanks so much for linking in this week…and I do hope it is not your last time too! lol
    have a great weekend friend…see you on Twitter!


  2. Holley says:

    Artistry is beautiful. I can see why you feel for her. I have Cinco de Mayo, and it is a very prolific bloomer. Great shrub. It gets more orange in the heat; more lavender tones in cooler weather. Happy Birthday – hope you enjoy both your gifts!


  3. Lona says:

    What beauties you are sporting today Chris. I really like the Artistry Rose. This is the first time I have been to your new site. I need to vote on a rose color but I have so many favorites. LOL!


  4. Shirley says:

    Cinco de Mayo is so brilliant! You have a couple beautiful roses featured here today! Lovely header too!


  5. Kristin says:

    Lovely roses.I love growing roses, so easy to grow and they smell so wonderful.


  6. Karen says:

    ‘Artistry’ certainly lives up to its name, how beautiful! Your roses are amazing and I am so in awe; I wish I was more skillful at growing them. Wonderful!


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