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Rose Care Tips for May

Wow! It’s already May and my Deep South rose garden is in a glorious flush of spring blooms. We hosted our first Open Garden Day last weekend and had about 80 folks join us in the garden. What a blessing … Continue reading

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Preserving Valentine’s Day Flowers

Rose gardening expert Chris VanCleave aka “The Redneck Rosarian” shares his tips on preserving Valentine’s Day blooms for maximum longevity and enjoyment. Continue reading

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Growing Great Roses in Alabama

Chris VanCleave, “The Redneck Rosarian” to speak at the Birmingham Home & Garden Show Feb 14-17 at the BJCC in downtown Birmingham, Alabama Continue reading

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Best Of Birmingham – Birmingham Museum of Art

I had the opportunity to visit one of Birmingham’s best kept secrets the other day. The Birmingham Museum of Art. According to the museums website: The Birmingham Museum of Art, one of the finest regional museums in the United States, … Continue reading

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Preparing For New Roses

Well, its February in Alabama. And to me, that means a time to make adjustments in my garden. I am preparing for a dozen new roses (3 hybrid teas, 3 floribundas, 3 miniatures, 3 David Austin English roses) that will … Continue reading

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The Pursuit of JOY

The pursuit of joy has been a lifelong journey for me. It is an elusive topic and I have always been interested in how people define joy and also how it is found in our daily lives.  In preparing for … Continue reading

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Day 30 – National Rose Month

Well, It’s day 30 of National Rose Month and so draws to a close my daily posting of roses in honor of this occasion. I hope you have been inspired by the photos. Inspired in such a way that you … Continue reading

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>A Short History of Roses

>HISTORY OF ROSES Roses have a long and colorful history. They have been symbols of love, beauty, war, and politics. The rose is, according to fossil evidence, 35 million years old. In nature, the genus Rosa has some 150 species … Continue reading

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>Our Rose Garden

> This journal will be used as a chronicle of events as transcribed from my handwritten Garden Journal. I often logged entries related to the care and growing our roses. I began this journal after moving to a new house … Continue reading

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