Sunday’s Bloom – ‘Opening Night’ Hybrid Tea

We planted two shrubs of this beautiful rose in our garden last fall. I had seen it many times at rose shows and it had been on my “must have” list for several years.  In general, I don’t expect much from roses the first year in the garden. They are putting down root and getting to know their neighbors…. This rose has really surprised me. I have cut at least two dozen long stem blooms from these shrubs since spring.  All beautifully formed nicely shaped blooms.   Can’t wait to see what next year brings……


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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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16 Responses to Sunday’s Bloom – ‘Opening Night’ Hybrid Tea

  1. Elena says:

    Beautiful photo of your red rose.


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  3. Chris, this is just GORGEOUS!


  4. Denise says:

    Absolutely stunning!


  5. shemann says:

    stunning Chris!


  6. Sooooo pretty. Looks like velvet. It’s hard for me to photograph red or magenta roses but you really captured this one. Great job.


  7. LA Edwards says:

    Wow! This is from your garden? It is beautiful.


  8. seniorhiker says:

    This is another rose I’m going to have to add to my wish list. You got a wonderful picture of this blossom.


  9. ERICA says:

    Do you still have the bushes? How long do the blooms last on the bush? Do you recommend this bush? I live I Charlotte, NC zone 7b.


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