Roses – Prune in the Spring

October 27, 2011

roses in vaseI get a lot of questions about when to prune rose bushes. Of course, it depends on where you live and the type of rose.  But, as a very general statement, “prune roses when the forsythia blooms”.

The hard pruning of old and damaged canes, crossed canes and removal of suckers should take place before new growth begins — and the threat of frost has passed.

Dead-heading of old blooms can take place during the entire bloom cycle. And don’t forget to clip a few for inside enjoyment.

Goodbye to Rhodo Blooms

May 14, 2011

If your rhodo blooms are done, go ahead and snap off the dead blossoms. I’ve always enjoyed this garden chore. They just snap right off and I feel oh so garden-y.

Difficult to decide if more rewarding to deadhead the rhodos or go after the day lily stalks when they are dry! Lucky if you get to do both — a well designed garden, I’d say.

Dead heading promotes more blooms for coming seasons!

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