New Roses Planted

It seems I can never drive past Hanna’s Garden Shop without stopping. They have the finest selection of roses in these parts and its always a joy to stop. It seems that my truck just goes on autopilot and I end up right in front of the rose house everytime… This trip my eye was on hybrid teas. I bought two ‘Veteran’s Honor’ and two ‘Opening Night’. This will bring my ‘Veteran’s Honor’ count to three and ‘Opening Night’ is new to my garden. I feel one can never have enough long-stemmed red roses in your garden.

Safely home, I applied my planting techniques for container grown roses and they are now in place in our garden. I can’t wait to see these in bloom next spring! This brings my rose count to 85!

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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7 Responses to New Roses Planted

  1. I love new plantings. So much promise! Especially roses. Thanks Chris!


  2. Holleygarden says:

    If you want to add 10 more this fall, why not go ahead and get 15 and you’ll be at 100! Then you can celebrate all winter!


  3. Lara says:

    I agree with Holleygarden…you may as well just get yourself to 100 before winter! (We’re such enablers, aren’t we?) 🙂


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