First Bloom – ‘Francis Meilland’ Hybrid Tea

After having planted this rose about a month ago, I didn’t expect to see a bloom this soon. As you may recall, this is a new rose being introduced in 2013 and I was lucky enough to have been given a shrub to grow in my own garden from a friend. Just after planting this rose I noticed several new shoots and today one of them produced this bloom:

This rose was field grown during the AARS trials under no spray conditions and I have likewise not sprayed this rose since planting it in my garden.

It also has a great fragrance.

I’d put this one on my 2013 wish list!


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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 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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13 Responses to First Bloom – ‘Francis Meilland’ Hybrid Tea

  1. seniorhiker says:

    It looks as if I’m going to have to find some room in our yard for a few more roses.


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  3. LA Edwards says:

    Beautiful. I love the fact you are so knowledgeable about roses. My father was and your interest makes me remember him and the beautiful yard we had covered in wonderful roses he was so proud to display. Each year he would add a rose or two. Thank you for allowing me to have those memories through your site. 🙂


  4. Lara says:

    Chris, I love your roses!


  5. starproms says:

    That’s a beautiful rose. I love the way it’s tight in the centre and blousey on the outside. A very feminine rose, love it.


  6. Thank you for your head’s up about Rosechat. I was able to listen in this morning!
    I used to grow the White Meilland landscape rose. It was tough, and rooted everywhere it touched the ground. Not as refined as “Francis Meilland” by any means-


  7. Your Francis Meilland is so beautiful! I will be looking for it here in Tulsa. We have a couple of nurseries that pick up on the newer roses. I enjoy your blog very much.


    • Thanks for your kind comment. I have high hopes for this beauty. I look forward to your Ruby Tuesday posts. When I told my wife about them, she said “he takes pictures of restaurants?” HA!


      • Joycalyn Ann Skinner says:

        I’m in love with the “Francis Meiland” rose. I read an old, old book, “For the Love of a Rose”. It told about the families who, with much effort, propagated “Peace” rose. I have four of these beauties. Also many of “Alba’, the ground cover rose. Joycalyn Ann Skinner in humid Louisiana


  8. ElenaWill says:

    I would like more than one! Great photo!


  9. marytheherb says:

    Frances Meiland looks simply beautiful. Hope I can get one over here next year.


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