First Bloom 2012 – ‘Mary Rose’


'Mary Rose' - David Austin English Rose

As I was on my way out the door this morning, I was overjoyed to find the first bloom of the year in my rose garden. ‘Mary Rose’ a David Austin introduction is often said to be the first rose to bloom. I can now confirm that the rumors are true.

What a great way to start the weekend!


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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11 Responses to First Bloom 2012 – ‘Mary Rose’

  1. Lara says:

    Ah! Jealous! Ha ha, not really. 🙂 That’s a wonderful way to start the weekend, for sure. Enjoy your blooms!


  2. roseman7stan says:

    Congrats on your first bloom of the year Chris. I love my Mary Rose. She is one sweetheart of a rosebush for sure.


    • Thanks Stan. Did you get an email about the 2013 Calendar? I’m already looking at my pictures……


      • roseman7stan says:

        I sure did Chris. I sent some in already. It is tough to get any images on the calendar, worth a try though. I got some smaller space photos on there for 2012 but have yet to rate one of the main photo spots. Maybe in 2013??!!


      • roseman7stan says:

        Yes I did and sent some in to Beth. Hope I get one or two in the calendar. Have not heard a word about the ARS Photo contest. Hope I do not get snubbed for the 4th year in a row….


      • I have never been brave enough to enter the ARS competition. Although, some of the winners in the past have given me hope… 🙂


      • roseman7stan says:

        There are usually alot of entries. It takes way too long to find anything out though. You have to have photos entered by a certain date in November, then you do not hear or see anything until sometime in April or perhaps May. You hear nothing if you did not place. If I get snubbed again this year I probably will quit trying. It is a bit political too as some of the same folks that have been winners for years keep winning. That is okay if they are truly the best in their category but some of my friends have sent in better shots and did not even place in those categories. It is a true shame….


  3. Lynn says:

    Nice shade of pink. I’ve discovered two buds on one of my roses today. Spring’s already here even if the calendar says it’s not yet here.


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