And So It Begins – Bloom Season

The long awaited bloom season has arrived. Slowly at first, but now with the days advancing more and more of our cherished roses are beginning to shine.



First Bloom of Climbing Pinkie – Climbing Polyantha – Earth Kind



First Blooom of Mutabilis – China Rose – Earth Kind

Stay Tuned!




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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2 Responses to And So It Begins – Bloom Season

  1. i can’t wait to see your personal Rose Parade!!


  2. Michael says:

    This is a beautiful blog! I’ve spent the last several hours just looking through some of your posts dating back to 2012. I’m an experienced plant-smith (I worked in a botanical garden for over four years) but am a new rosarian. I have only been growing roses for a couple of years but have a small collection of old and ‘cellar-hole’ roses, and other roses I found or acquired mostly through cuttings from friends and neighbors.

    My collection now includes:

    In order of acquisition:

    1. The Fairy
    2. New Dawn – one of my favorites of all time
    3. Med. small loose-flowered red climber
    4. Rosa laevigata (Cherokee Rose)
    5. Red Knock-out (my least favorite)
    6. A tiny red, flat-flowered climber (I call it Scarlet Quarters)
    7. Rosa banksiae (White Lady Banks)
    8. A chinese-red shrub rose I bought at Lowe’s Bros.
    9. The most beautiful single white shrub rose I’ve ever seen. I found it on the edge of a heavy wood. It has tiny, dark green compound leaves and many spines, but it’s a slow grower. I’ve never seen anything like it.
    10. Rosa carolina – Eastern Prairie Rose
    11. White Out

    Best regards,

    Michael-david Reisman
    Columbia, SC, USA


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