It was a great weekend in the garden. Despite the threat of bad weather on Saturday, we had a number of people stop by to see the roses.
Mr. & Mrs. Rigg of Helena, AL stopped to see our roses. Mrs. Rigg and I worked together for years at the bank and they are now enjoy the happy bliss of retirement. It was great to see them both.
Mitzi is a Master Gardener who lives in our neighborhood and loves all things growing. She really loved the yellow blooms of David Austin’s “Golden Celebration” English Roses.
Local photographer Terry McCombs stopped by to take a few shots of our roses and for a visit. Terry was my first friend in Alabama when we moved here 12 years ago. He loves taking pictures as much as I love growing roses!
Today was our neighborhood associations annual clean up day and block party. Large dumpsters are brought in to haul our junk away and the block party is a great way to see neighbors and friends that you haven’t seen all winter… I made up this bouquet of blooms to take to the block party.
It was a fun day!
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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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Looks like a very fun day. Love that you posted an open invitation. Greg and I thought that was such a good idea that we will do it!
It was so much fun to welcome neighbors and friends to the garden. We even made some new friends today.
It does sound like a great day Rev. If I might ask, what is the stripped rose at the lower left? It doesn’t look like Variegata or Ferdinand. Scentimental?
Yes, it is Scentimental. Great rose….
How lovely to have friends stop over and enjoy your garden. Gorgeous bouquet!
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