We Are The Survivors – Roses That Live To Bloom Another Day

In Alabama we typically have two seasons; hot and really hot. A sometimes end up with a couple of weeks during January that we refer to as a cool spell that we sometimes call winter. The last two years that has sort of changed all that. We are actually beginning to see seasons that affect our roses grow and bloom.

It’s not even Thanksgiving and we have already had three or four frosts. This is highly unusual south of Birmingham Alabama. It is a very interesting way to see just which of our roses will survive these types of conditions. So this morning I’ve been out walking through the garden and these some of are the roses that have survived to bloom another day. Roses that have withstood three frosts and temps in the 20’s. An interesting mix.


‘Grand Amore’ – Hybrid Tea A little worse for wear, but this Kordes variety is known to be tough as nails. I’m beginning to believe it.



Sweet Drift – This is one rose that I expected to survive and it did! We have seven shrubs of this rose and they all still look awesome!



Hot Princess – I must say that this is a surprise to me. This is an exhibition rose that is growing on fortuniana rootstock. I did not expect to see this rose in exhibition form on a cold Sunday morning in the garden. Yet, there she stands….



The Fairy – This Earth Kind polyantha rose is a gem in the garden. Blooms and blooms and blooms…. No damage to speak of.



Cecile Brunner – Tough as nails is an understatement for this rose. Still putting out loads of tiny blooms for all to enjoy

Keep in mind I’m growing roses in zone 8a central Alabama and your results with these varieties may not be the same depending on your growing habits, soil conditions and of course your own growing zone…… It is interesting to me that as our climates begins to change so do the roses. They are adaptable. They are survivors.





My garden thrives year round when I feed my soil. Enriching the soil is the key to beautiful blooms.

My garden thrives year round when I feed my soil. Enriching the soil is the key to beautiful 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 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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3 Responses to We Are The Survivors – Roses That Live To Bloom Another Day

  1. Beauties! Looks like roses for the Thanksgiving table… And maybe Christmas too!

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  2. Countrypkin says:

    Thinkin…..maybe I should move to Alabama! Would love to live year round with my flowers.


  3. Gloria Ballard says:

    How nice to see these lovely blooms. Thanks for brightening up a cold and dreary Middle Tennessee day.


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