First Bloom 2013 – Climbing Pinkie

We have waited all winter and now through a rater late spring for our first rose bloom of the season.  Last year this honor went to ‘Mary Rose’ a beautiful David Austin rose. This year however, ‘Climbing Pinkie’ was first to arrive. This is a beautiful climbing rose that produces hundreds of small sized blooms.  This rose has been designated as an “earth kind rose” and can be grown in a variety of soil conditions.

I can tell y’all that I was mighty proud to see these first blooms of the year. We have many buds on other roses and some just about to burst forth. Stay tuned for the forthcoming rose parade!


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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15 Responses to First Bloom 2013 – Climbing Pinkie

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  2. ElenaWil says:

    Congratulations on your new arrival! First rose of the season is so special! Thanks for sharing the beauty.


  3. rainyleaf says:

    It’s beautiful! Congratulations on your first bloom! Mine are months away…..


  4. angelasommers says:

    How beautiful! You have every right to be proud of your roses – they are stunning. Ours are just starting to open up.


  5. shemann says:

    just lovely Chris. Some time would you take a few pics of your roses. i would like to draw them.


  6. Yay!! The first rose of the year is always cause or celebration.


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  8. Emily K. Volavka says:

    Love seeing your first rose . . . beautiful!!


  9. CurtissAnn says:

    My brand new Climbing Pinkie baby is a small ball of leaves, and yesterday I noticed two shoots reaching upward. She has begun to climb! I have great hopes for her. Thanks so much!


  10. Lona says:

    Oh how beautiful Chris! I am so jealous that you are having roses in bloom already. LOL! Have a lovely week.


  11. Showers of Roses says:

    Lovely pink!


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  13. Not usually a big fan of pink, but i like this clear, delicate tint.


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