A Thanksgiving Blessing




Sometimes even the best of plans fall apart.  Circumstances separated our family this Thanksgiving day. Part of us in Tennessee, and part in Alabama.  While I miss the delicious food from the best cooks in Nashville,  I have learned in this life to bloom where your planted,  no matter what the circumstances.  I took my morning garden walk and found the most beautiful bloom of a new rose in my garden. ‘Ronald Reagan’ hybrid tea is a lovely red with a white reverse.  It even has a wonderful fragrance!  I bought this rose for a couple of reasons:

1. It’s a beautiful rose. 

2. In 1986, it was President Reagan who proclaimed the rose our “National Floral Emblem “.

3. I have always held President Reagan in very high regard.

Having just recently planted this rose,  I am glad that it too has adopted my philosophy of “Blooming Where Were Planted”

May God’s richest blessings overtake you this Thanksgiving


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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5 Responses to A Thanksgiving Blessing

  1. Wonderfully stated and a glorious rose indeed <|;-) Annie


  2. Lara says:

    I love how roses can have such significant personal meaning for the gardener. Makes them even more special, if that’s at all possible. 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving!


  3. Dear Chris, I am sorry your family was apart this Thanksgiving, but I admire your attitude. How wonderful to have such a beautiful rose in November. Blessings to you! P.


  4. Lona says:

    Oh, I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Chris with your family. Be Blessed my friend.


  5. Holleygarden says:

    Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving. It’s hard to be without family during the holidays. But, how wonderful to find a new rose bloom in the garden. The red looks very presidential.


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