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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8 Responses to First Bloom 2012 – ‘Mary Rose’

  1. WOOT WOOT That is beautiful. And, so special that it is first!


  2. Emily K. Volavka says:

    SIMPLY Beautiful!!


  3. Lovely to see the color back in the garden <|;-) just thinking of all the beautiful blooms to come Naturally


  4. Holleygarden says:

    So pretty! It’s wonderful to think that rose blooming season is starting!!! Wahoo!


  5. Lona says:

    Oh I am so jealous Chris. LOL! How lovely it is. The first one of among many to come. My roses have really leafed out this week from the warm temperatures. Have a terrific weekend.


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