Sundays In The South – Sunday Best

Sunday’s Best Blooms

This morning was beautiful. The sun was up, the humidity was down, temps were moderate for August in Alabama. As I strolled the garden this morning, I just had to cut a few blooms. For years, I was under the mistaken impression that all repeat blooming roses were on the same schedule and all bloom together in the garden. Well, it took me about one bloom cycle after planting roses to know that I was way off base. Roses, like people have their own individual bloom cycle. They bloom as they are fed and nurtured and are allowed to grow. I am learning that foundational growth is far more important than top growth. The proper treatment of the soil will produce a superior root system which in turn will produce superior bloom cycles.  The same is true with people. The more we feed our foundational knowledge base on any subject, the more knowledgeable we become. Soon, we become “bloom” subject matter experts on the areas in which we really have dug in. As you can see from today’s photo, our roses are thriving despite 95+ degree days all summer long. We feed the soil and enjoy the blooms.  This was a lesson hard learned for me. As I am someone who mostly just wants blooms. Thanks to the many gardeners I have met through this blog and on Twitter, together we are learning from one another. For that I am grateful.


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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3 Responses to Sundays In The South – Sunday Best

  1. Teresa says:

    Excellent reminder!


  2. Greggo says:

    sundays are awesome and so are your roses!


  3. debsgarden says:

    How true that we people are a lot like plants, needing nourishing soil and roots to bloom! Your roses reveal the care they have received.


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