Climbing Pinkie – Polyantha Rose

Our ‘Climbing Pinkie’ has really put on a show this fall. Just as the heat of summer subsided it just took off and is now in a full flush of blooms. This variety of rose has been designated “Earth Kind” for its hardiness, resistance to disease and pest tolerance. I do not spray this rose and it rarely has any sign of black spot. This rose is considered to be a ‘mannerly climber” and in two full seasons in my garden has reached the top of our 6’ stockade fence and has began to creep its way along the top……


To learn more about Earth Kind roses, listen to my conversation with Dr. Steve George, director of the Earth Kind Rose program at Texas A & M on Rose Chat Radio:

“Beautiful Roses for Busy People”


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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21 Responses to Climbing Pinkie – Polyantha Rose

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  2. ElenaWill says:

    Beautiful! I wonder how that rose would do in my climate. Love your photos.


  3. CurtissAnn says:

    Oh,my! Beautiful!


  4. Holleygarden says:

    So pretty! I have always heard good things about this rose, but your pictures are the true selling point. In fact, I don’t grow this rose, but as I was reading this post, I realized I just may have a spot that would be perfect for her! 🙂


  5. Susan Hemann says:

    I would love to have that rose in my garden. just love climbing roses.


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  7. I loved Climbing Pinkie while I had it (lost it to RRD earlier this year). For me, it produced profuse numbers of basal canes, and I found that it was at its best if trained horizontally and allowed to cascade … think of it along the top of a picket fence, spilling over with all its beautiful foliage and pink flowers. It is definitely a rose for most gardens!


  8. I really really really like this rose and you captured some amazing shots of it!


  9. Lona says:

    Oh Chris it is just beautiful. What a show it is putting on.


  10. Elena says:

    What a lovely color and form! You did a great job capturing the charm of this rose. Will you be entering the ARS rose photo contest later this month?


  11. Bernice says:

    Wow! What beautiful pictures!!


  12. Autumn Belle says:

    Only in my dreams can I grow such roses in my garden!


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  14. PAB says:

    Great photos. I have 4 Climbing Pinkies on my brick wall in Chapel Hill that are prolific bloomers now in the start of their 2nd year. Do I need to deadhead the spent blooms?


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