Friday Flowers – Hybrid Teas

Here are a few of the roses blooming today in our Alabama rose garden. What’s blooming in your garden today?




‘Ronald Reagan’


‘Pope John Paul II’

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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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6 Responses to Friday Flowers – Hybrid Teas

  1. John Byrd says:

    The more I see your Pope John Paul II, the more I would like to try that variety. Our hybrid teas are just beginning to open their blooms here in N.E. Texas.


  2. Of course they are all lovely. I find I am liking the pastel roses more and more and particularly this Pope John Paul II. I am so appreciative of your labeling all of these images! Now to answer your question: this morning the clematis bloomed and an old pass-along iris. Yippee!


    • This rose surprised us. White hybrid tea roses are generally not very floriferous. A little slow to get started, almost to the point where I considered digging it up. So glad I waited. This rose now puts out the most beautiful fragrant blooms….. Can’t beat those pass along irises. My garden is bursting with them…


  3. What beautiful, healthy, rose bushes! And your show last weekend looks as though it was well- attended and a lot of fun. Your John Paul II is stunning. It is one of the few hybrid tea roses we grow. When J&P introduced it a few years back I was seduced by the photos, and its blossoms fulfill every promise made in the catalog copy. We enjoy it so much. Since ours has been so heavily “pruned” (grazed) each season so far, it is heartwarming to see yours grown to its full potential in a deer-free garden. We fertilize only with Rose Tone and compost, and don’t use wood product mulch. Although it covers “a multitude of sins” it also give delicious cover to our vole visitors, and so we can’t use anything than pea gravel or compost in most areas of the garden. Do you grow any English shrub roses? So happy to have found your beautiful blog! Best wishes, WG


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