Wordless Wednesday – English Roses

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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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20 Responses to Wordless Wednesday – English Roses

  1. MJ says:

    I feel like I can smell them through my screen. Lovely.


  2. Birgitta says:

    Beautiful rose pictures!


  3. indrani says:

    So difficult to decide which is more beautiful.


  4. Maria @ LSS says:


    Mine’s here.


  5. They are all quite lovely! I get to see English roses so much more rarely than their American counterparts. I love both varieties though!


  6. CameraCruise says:

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful English Roses.
    I have some David Austin roses in my garden too.


  7. CurtissAnn says:

    Beautiful! Thanks!


  8. Mary Denman says:

    Oh Chris, the roses are beautiful as well as your photographs. I’m so jealous of your old roses! I want old roses instead of the hybrids. Any suggestions where to purchase them? I live in zone 7 in SC. Thanks!


    • Mary,
      Thanks so much for visiting my blog. I know of a small independent nursery in Virginia, HartwoodRoses.com that specializes in old garden roses. Connie is a wonderful rosarian who gardens from the heart and I’m sure you could find some suitable roses from her collection. Old Garden Roses will come to you small, but grow quickly and once established will bring generations of beauty to any landscape.


  9. Beautiful. Can’t wait for my Mary Rose to grow up!


  10. seniorhiker says:

    These are beautiful roses.


  11. tomagram says:

    Hi Chris, tell what are your favorite cut roses, those with a long vase life and fragrance. I know, I want it all. 😉


  12. Tini Tut says:

    I love the Austin roses, and Benjamin Britten has a fragrance of candy. Lovely pictures.

    Tini Tut from Casillero Del Diablo


  13. I love Mary Rose, however it never lasts in flower arrangements. Is that common or am I do something wrong? Actually they don’t even last that long the bush.


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