I hope everyone enjoyed a glorious Easter Day. We could not have had more perfect weather here in Alabama. Bright sunny skies and temps in the 70’s. Our English and Old Garden Roses are really blooming this week. Our Floribunda and Hybrid Tea roses continue to put out some growth and we look forward to blooms of those varieties in the near future.
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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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Wow Chris, such beautiful blooms! Lovely picture of your wife and your visitor!
Thanks Susan. It is a joy indeed to welcome visitors to the garden. Also a great joy to sit and enjoy it with my lovely bride….
Beautiful all, but I love, love, love the color combinations in the heirloom amaryllis pic. Thanks for sharing and I hope your Easter was a happy one!
Thanks Margaret. It was in deed a wonderful day.
I love the pink and blue combinations, and the ladies in your photos show that women look especially lovely in pink.
They do indeed!
Your amaryllis are beautiful! Buff Beauty and Mutabilis are just gorgeous. Every time I see Golden Celebration, I wonder why this rose is not in my garden! Maybe one day I’ll find just the spot for it. So nice that you had perfect weather for your sweet visitors.
You should have a Golden Celebration. Such a wonderful rose. The scent is divine!
Mr. Redneck Rosarian you are sure surrounded by beauty …. Roses, Amaryllis, Iris AND Tina!
I am blessed indeed!
Such pretties. I am referring to the girls. LOL! The China Rose is so lovely Chris. I have my eye on that Buff rose if I can find a spot for it. I planted two new roses today a Midnight Blue and an Eyeconic Pink Lemonade. I am running out of room again. I see more new beds in the future. LOL!
One photo is a neighbor and her granddaughter who stopped by for a visit. The other, my lovely bride, who has brightened our gardens for 27 years now….. (did I say that right, honey??….) ha… If you choose Buff Beauty, she is a sprawling thing. Love to spead out but is one to have for sure. Can’t wait to see your Midnight Blue and Eyeconic Pink Lemonade. Had read some about the Eyeconic series, supposed to be some great roses!