It's been so cold around here lately, but the temperature was up a little today - and it's the last day of March!
It's supposed to snow tomorrow, but I really wanted to get it done. It was drizzling a bit, but I made myself do it - I've certainly pruned them in colder weather than this.
I only have three now. A rugosa -
which grows like a weed, is very fragrant and has lots of spiny thorns,
and rose-pink blooms.
Another is a red grandiflora - Mr. Lincoln, maybe? - I like the way the blossoms turn blackish after a cold snap in the fall.
How messy they were, with many more broken canes than they normally have, resulting from a severely snowy winter.
The third rose is one of those newer, very hardy types, called Regensburg - a little, delicate-looking thing, which I left alone for now.
I have a thing about pruning - I'm quite severe with them. Here's the grandiflora after-
and the rugosa -
I assure you, it will come back. When pruning, I often think of the way God "prunes" us - with our difficulties and sufferings of one sort or another - but it's so we'll be more focused and produce larger, more beautiful "blooms". I didn't clean away the leaves, because of the weather that's coming - maybe they will help protect the roots.
I actually do have another rose, but it's a moss rose and blooms only in June, so I don't prune it till afterward - I almost forgot about that one!