New Growth, Buds & A Bloom



‘Climbing Pinkie’ is full of hundreds of tiny buds… Can’t wait for the bloom show20140416-070222.jpg


If you remember from a previous post, I cut these shrubs of ‘Benjamin Britten’ to prevent wind rock back in the winter. They have bounced back and buds are forming.

Bloom of 'Graham Thomas' - Just Purchased from local plant sale

‘Graham Thomas’ 

Could not resist posting a bloom pic… The morning after I planted this rose already full of buds, this beautiful bloom appeared. I have long wanted a ‘Graham Thomas’ rose and am so very happy to add it to my collection of David Austin roses that grow in our garden.


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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7 Responses to New Growth, Buds & A Bloom

  1. 31 here this AM Chris. I covered Sunny yet wonder, what do you do if there is a late frost in your area? Cover or not to cover? Graham reminds me of Sunny! Is that a new fence I see? You have been busy! Happy Easter and Happy Growing Season. So look forward to your posts! xo D.


  2. Reblogged this on Glenda the Good Foodie and commented:
    Off Topic but I had to share these beautiful flowers!


  3. Julie Abrera says:

    Thanks for posting these great images and especially the one in bloom – they are welcome after freeze warnings posted for tonight in northern Virginia.


  4. chris: May I borow your green thumbs for a day?
    Lovely post, thank you!


  5. Jamie Goodwin says:

    Your video on Benjamin Britten is the reason I ordered 2 this season! I also gave 2 Graham thomas coming. Can’t wait!


  6. I wish I could grow roses like your’s.But,ala,in florida we are kind of limited.The heat and humidity of summer takes too much of a toll.


  7. CurtissAnn says:

    My Climbing Pinkie has really taken off this year. The leaves are beautiful! I’ve had a couple of blooms on her in the past days, and buds are all over. Soon!


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