First Day of Summer

It’s hard to believe that just a few months ago we were in the grips of the polar vortex, now the heat of summer is finally kicking in…

Just wanted to pause a moment and say thank you for following this blog. Roses tend to bring out the best in people I know they brought out the best in me. Enjoy the summer.



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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5 Responses to First Day of Summer

  1. Love this burst off warmth and colour, Chris. As I went on my walk this morning I was watching how our very last Australian blooms for this season were hanging on for dear life as the Winter is about to set in here. There is something so life affirming about roses, we never doubt that they will return in warmer times!


  2. Bernice says:

    A beautiful flower! And I too am very happy it is summer!!


  3. pdlyons says:

    thanks and may you have a bloomin’ great one. cheers.


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