Friday in the Rose Garden

Ahhh Friday, that final day of the work week and the anticipation of the weekend! After a very hectic week that included at least 10 meetings, a wedding and a funeral; i’m glad to see Friday arrive.

We are seeing some of the most vibrant blooms of the year and I thought i’d share this shot of ‘Artistry’ hybrid tea from our garden. This is an exceptional rose in every way. Tons of blooms, good disease resistance and holds its shape well.


Atristry - Hybrid Tea Rose


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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9 Responses to Friday in the Rose Garden

  1. Kate says:

    Beautiful! 🙂


  2. elenawill says:

    What a beautiful shot of your garden retreat. With a week like you have had, I think you deserve some extra relaxing garden time this weekend.


  3. Hoov says:

    That’s a beautiful rose. I like the red roses and the bench in the background, too.


  4. With a week like that, enjoying the garden is time well spent. Gorgeous flower. Hope this week is less hectic for you.


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