First Bloom 2014 – Old Blush

20140417-211456.jpgWe wait the great anticipation each year for the first bloom. Last year, Climbing Pinkie took that honor on April 14, and the year before, Mary Rose bloomed on March 16. That was the year we had no winter to speak of. But this year, Old Blush takes this honor. Curious that all are Pink roses.

Old Blush has been around for hundreds of years and is a favorite of gardeners everywhere. So glad we have one and so glad she has graced us with her blooms.


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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3 Responses to First Bloom 2014 – Old Blush

  1. Holleygarden says:

    Great rose – so glad she took the honor this year. I should have blooms in a few days. The first rose is always so exciting to see.


  2. elenawill says:

    Glorious! Celebration! Enjoy.


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