‘The Fairy’ Roses for Thanksgiving




The recent frosty nights and temps dipping into the 20’s have put most of my roses to sleep for the winter. Today however,  I was glad to find a shrub of ‘The Fairy’ in bloom. This rose is tucked away on the side of our house in an area I call the swamp (water stands in this area when it rains) . Planted very close to the house,  its blooms were spared the frost. Such a delicate bloom and soft pink color along with superior disease resistance makes this rose a winner 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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6 Responses to ‘The Fairy’ Roses for Thanksgiving

  1. Lara says:

    I love ‘The Fairy’! On Penn State’s campus, they have a HUGE container garden planted with just these roses and when they’re in bloom the sight takes your breath away. Such a great performer!


  2. Patricia Tryon says:

    Beautiful photos. I love ‘The Fairy’. Such a great old rose.


  3. Teresa says:

    Looks beautiful right to the very end. Enjoy! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.


  4. Holleygarden says:

    Thank you for this post! This is going to sound odd, but I planted several roses this past year in a row, some of which died during the drought. Some did not. I wanted to replace the ones that died, but forgot what I had planted there. This post reminded me – The Fairy! Yes, I should keep better records! I rarely kill roses, but this year’s drought took its toll.


  5. debsgarden says:

    So beautiful! Every year I see ‘The Fairy’ and think how i would love it in my garden. I must find a place for it.

    I appreciate your kind comment on my woodland garden post. Have a great week and a wonderful Thanksgiving!


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