The Arrival Of Autumn In Our Garden

Autumn has arrived in Alabama. The days are getting shorter and significantly cooler. Our roses are gearing up for a final flush of blooms. The fall decorations are also starting to pop up and fall mums now grace the threshold to our home. When I think about all the changes to my garden that this growing season has brought, I can hardly take it all in. Roses in , roses out. I killed some, some died, we fought aphids, thrips, Japanese beetles and now round two with powdery mildew…. It’s all in a days work when you live in a rose garden and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Love the side view of this rose

Yellow Mums just say Welcome to me!

Big Crow and Little Crow always have a corner on our screened porch

I have passed many an hour sitting and reflecting on life and roses on our screened porch

Blooms of ‘Artistry’ Hybrid Tea stand out in this little corner of our rose garden.


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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  3. Holleygarden says:

    Your crows are adorable! And I love the outside lamps. Rose gardens can be challenging at times, but oh, so worth it! Moondance looks especially lovely in the fading light.


  4. Lona says:

    That shot of the rose is so pretty Chris with the dew drops on it. Some of my roses are trying to get black spot now and I am not happy. I will have to strip a lot of leaves off and toss them. I am glad it is about time for them to be done blooming because they are going to look silly with blooms and no leaves. LOL!


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