November in the rose garden is a busy time for this Alabama gardener. With the first frost at hand, I spent quite a bit of time this past week after work cutting blooms. I guess I just wanted to bring them indoors to savor the last of the summer roses.
We found this head vase in the spring and have filled it with blooms and cuttings from the garden all summer. These are some of the final blooms of ‘Munstead Wood’ a great English rose from David Austin Roses.
This morning I got up at 5:30 and couldn’t wait to get in the garden to see what the evenings frost had done. Here is a frosty bloom of Lavaglut.
Many have asked me what do you do to your roses in fall? If the rose is very tall, I trim it back to waist high, clean up my beds, apply mulch where needed and allow my roses to go to sleep for the winter. I do my heavy pruning in early spring.
Hope you’re having an awesome Sunday. What’s the weather like in your neck of the woods?
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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 About.com and on his popular website; RedneckRosarian.com, 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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Sweet dreams, pretty ones.
Roses, knowledge, elegance. Congratulations !!!
A simply beautiful post, Chris. Love your “head” vase 😉 November roses have a special beauty. It seems they get more vivid and lush than they’ve been anytime since May. They probably enjoy the cooler weather as much as we do. I posted on “November Roses” last week, too. We just have to stop and inhale whenever we pass them. Best wishes, WG