Old Blush, The Iris Parade & Georgia On My Mind

The past two weeks of warm temps have really brought our garden to life.  I divided our irises last fall and the early bloomers are bursting forth with blooms.

Tall Bearded Iris

Tall Bearded Iris

The second rose in my garden to bloom this year is a China rose called  ‘Old Blush’. It dates back to the 1700’s and is an awesome rose to have in any garden. It’s also very easy to propagate.

'Old Blush' China Rose

‘Old Blush’ China Rose

We also had a surprise in the garden. I have never remembered having or planting yellow irises. Yet, this week several have appeared in our garden bed. Lovely blooms, just not sure how they got there…..  Do you ever have surprise flowers appear in your garden?

Surprise Iris Bloom

Surprise Iris Bloom

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I spoke at the Greater Atlanta Rose Society last night and I must say that this was a very welcoming bunch of folks! I even met on of my blogging buddies: Mia of Modern Mia Gardening. It’s been an eventful week! What’s happening in your garden this week?

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 About.com and on his popular website; RedneckRosarian.com, 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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6 Responses to Old Blush, The Iris Parade & Georgia On My Mind

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  2. Lona says:

    What a lovely rose. And I always look forward to see the irises blooming. Love the yellow Chris. My roses are really leafing out now and I can hardly wait. 🙂


  3. ĽAdelaide says:

    What a gorgeous old rose. I think all iris will eventually revert to yellow but that may not be true… old wives tale I hope!! beautiful blues!


  4. I really like that yellow iris! Usually, surprise flowers are ones I thought had died but then reappear, sometimes after a year or more.


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