Blooming Monday – Spring In Alabama

Spring has arrived in a big way. It seems that many things have bloomed out all at once. As previously posted, my first rose to bloom this year was ‘Mary Rose’, since then a few others are also beginning to share some blooms with us. The majority of the roses have just now broken dormancy and I am looking forward to the day when the garden is in full bloom once again.  Until then, here are a few photos I took this weekend of what’s blooming in our Alabama 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 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 Blooming Monday – Spring In Alabama

  1. Wonderful Chris. Wish I was down three, we have some trees in our area that are starting to bloom, but it is a bit early here. I’m just thankful for the beautiful weather we have been having lately.


  2. I really should read what I write before posting. Wish I was down there… lol


  3. roseman7stan says:

    Super bloom smiles Chris! We have some daffys blooming here but the big shows are a ways down the road yet. Surely do enjoy yours!!

    Stan The Roseman :o)


  4. Chris, Wow! Blooming already in Alabama? I’m leafed out on the roses, but surely I’ve got some time yet before bloom. But nice to see the world will turn warm once again.


  5. Lona says:

    Wow Chris your roses are really starting to come on. I love that Cherry Blossom rose. I have never saw one of those. It has a wonderful name and it sure goes with the rose. Beautiful! I plant several irises last summer and fall and I am anxious to see them bloom this spring. Your Jesse Song is a beauty. Have a terrific week.


  6. WOW WOW WOW. Bring it on spring! All are beautiful but I am taking a shine to the Mary Rose.


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