Welcome Spring!

Spring finally officially arrives today. And I can say that I am mighty glad to see it come. The past winter has been especially cold here in Alabama and the arrival of warmer days gives me hope for the growing season ahead. The signs are everywhere:


Daffodils are revealing themselves all over town


Glads are surfacing yearing to make their presence known


Early blooming daylilies & iris are putting in an appearance


Our shrubs of “Julia Child” floribunda are leafed out and raring to go! (as are the other 150+ roses in our garden)


A new look for our screened porch to sit and enjoy the spring weather


It wouldn’t be spring in Alabama without bright yellow daffodils to herald spring’s arrival

I hope this spring finds you happy and blessed and if not, that you will allow the sights and sounds of spring to renew and refresh your mind, body and spirit.

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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5 Responses to Welcome Spring!

  1. Elena says:

    The new porch looks like a comfy place to visit. All you need is ice tea weather now. I love seeing how your roses and other plants are progressing.


  2. The Editors of Garden Variety says:

    Beautiful plants!


  3. Chris, you are months ahead of me here in VA! I have not even cut back my Sunny, as the forsythia are not blooming either! Snow still on the ground in the shady areas, yet 69 here at noon today. Nice this weekend, yet threat of flurries on Monday! OMG! Never has spring been so postponed. Thank you for the lovely green photos! xo


  4. Bren says:

    I love seeing your spring… Thank you for sharing!


  5. Frank Mosher says:

    Commenting from cold, snowy Nova Scotia, but with almost the same number of roses (I hope-can’t check for winter kill yet-still snow on ground, can barely remember when there wasn’t, LOL. C’mon Global Warming! It was great to see your Floribunda in leaf! Thanks


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