Thursday, May 29, 2014

Winter Pruning

The Seven Sisters climbing rose that lives right outside the kitchen door underwent a severe winter pruning. The elegant plant, so full and luscious last summer, suffered from the Cruel Winter of 2013-2014. Its canes were dead and dry. The plant was really dealt a big blow with the cold and wind.

I pruned it a bit before we left for Switzerland, but it still had long, spiny canes with little new growth to be seen. So I pruned it some more.

With some watering, some warmth and sunlight, and a little fertilizer, the Seven Sisters will be back in pink bloom by mid-July. It's a tough rose. With a little prodding and TLC, it will bounce back from the pruning that Mother Nature handed out so readily last winter.

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