Preparing For New Roses

Well, its February in Alabama. And to me, that means a time to make adjustments in my garden. I am preparing for a dozen new roses (3 hybrid teas, 3 floribundas, 3 miniatures, 3 David Austin English roses) that will be delivered by months end, and some of our roses are being relocated in the garden into color groupings for the best possible show. I moved three “Queen Elizabeth” grandiflora to a corner in front of “Old Blush” and planted them  in a triangle. This will give a burst of pink in that corner of the garden… It will also keep the hounds from digging around that section of the fence……

Each year I order new roses in the Fall for Spring shipment. Being in USDA haridness zone 7b/8a, late February is a great time to plant them. This past weekend, I constructed a new raised bed, and purchased six new over sized pots; three of which will be lined up in front of our garage :) I will be mixing my soil recipe this week and will fill the bed and pots ahead of time to allow for some settling of the soil to occur.

On Sunday I took this brief video of our dormant rose garden inside our fence. All but 20 or so of our roses are planted in this area. The video is not that great, but it does give a glimpse of what my garden actually looks like in winter. When in full bloom, I will post again from this vantage point and we will see how much a few roses can brighten up the space…..

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 Preparing For New Roses

  1. wonderful video share I see more room for raised beds <|;-)


  2. Autumn Belle says:

    Good to see your winter garden in the video. The white rabbit looks quite lonely now but soon when the roses bloom, the garden will be very lovely indeed.


  3. Scott Weber says:

    Can’t wait to see the new bed full and blooming! I’m really itching to get out there in the garden!


  4. Lynn says:

    Your garden looks so much bigger with the plants in bloom that I was surprised what a small, reasonable size it was in actuality from the video. You’re obviously doing all the right things to make your garden appear more expansive and lush.


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