Stages Of Bloom For Roses

I often receive tweets on the #RoseChat Twitter stream regarding the stages of bloom for roses. I was out in the garden yesterday and came across a spray of blooms and it struck me that we have all stages of blooms represented here. I hope the photos below will demonstrate the three basic stages of bloom for roses. The one not marked, I would call “unfurling”.. Is that a word??? (yes, thanks Mr. Webster)



We’ll be chatting with Kristen Smith, Plant Expert at STAR Roses & Plants. There new rose, ‘Francis Meilland’ has won top honors this year. The best part: It was tested under NO SPRAY conditions and still won! Wow! Can’t wait to hear more about this beauty..

Saturday 8/25/2012 – 9:30 am CST or anytime thereafter on-demand just click HERE to listen.


Oh, there was a great article published in the Nashville Rose Leaf about our Radio Show. I encourage you to read the entire newsletter. This is an award winning rose society publication that is packed full of rose growing knowledge and advice.  Click HERE to view the newsletter


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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4 Responses to Stages Of Bloom For Roses

  1. greg says:

    Thanks for that Chris.


  2. seniorhiker says:

    Gemini is beautiful in any stage of bloom. It’s one of our favorite roses.


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