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Roses and Valentine’s Day

Julia child rose from redneck rosarian

As many gardeners know, one of those easy-to-remember hints for when to prune your roses, is that you should prune nearly all your roses around Valentine’s Day, except for climbers and spring-blooming only roses.

However, with this year’s unusually mild winter, where several varieties of roses are already in full bloom, I found myself wondering whether they should be pruned now or not.  Ann Lamb says that her Julia Child rose is prettier this winter than it has been in any other time, so should she prune it now?  Thank goodness, Dallas County Master Gardener has several Consulting Rosarians in their membership, so the question was put to them.  Many thanks go to Susan Flanagan, Certified Master Gardener and Consulting Rosarian, who along with some of her Rosarian friends sent this response:

       “I just now talked to a friend who knows a ton about roses. There are a few roses (hybridized by Paul Readon) that are spring bloomers only but they don’t do well here.

      So my advice is to go ahead and prune all your roses. Cutting off the current blooms will not impede the coming spring blooms. If anything, they will make the roses stronger, as you are pruning out the dead, diseased and crossing limbs as well as the very thin ones. And you are cutting a portion of the top branches. The spring bloom will usually display bigger than the ones that are blooming now.  And again, if you have any climbers that are spring bloomers only, then prune them after they bloom just as you would prune once blooming plants like bridal wreath spirea and forsythia.”

     So, if you want, go ahead and make yourself a beautiful bouquet of roses for Valentine’s Day from those roses that are blooming now. Then prune your roses as you usually would.  With this year’s mild, confusing winter, we may receive ”two for the price of one” flushes of blooms.


Picture by The Redneck Rosarian


A Very Good Day at the Garden

Above: Nasturtiums, Watercress, Lavender, Fennel, and Broccoli

Above: Nasturtiums, Watercress, Lavender, Fennel, and Broccoli

Thought I might give you a report .  We had a pretty day at the garden and we got a lot accomplished:

1)  roses trimmed

2)  planted radishes, carrots, lettuce, and beets

3)  cleaned up the herb beds and planted

4)  weeded

5)  removed most of the brown material in the RainCatcher Garden

6)  cleaned up the Color wheel

7)  trimmed asparagus

8)  worked the compost bins

9)  removed the ‘umbrella’ plant from pond – BIG job

10) divided and planted most of the huge papyrus plant

11) removed water lily pots, bailed nasty water from the pond and remove the damaged pond line

12) will dig pond deeper, but not bigger and will decide what type of liner to use

We had a very good day.

Above: Cleaning out the Pond, Red Roots Belong to our Papyrus to be Divided

Above: Cleaning out the Pond, Red Roots Belong to our Papyrus to be Divided


Pictures by Kim and Michele

For more about our pond click here.

Tomorrow: More about that lovely little plant in the box at the top of the page-Nasturtium.

Rose pruning….

It takes a fearless person to prune a rose.  Brandishing its protective thorns, the row of leafless bushes awaits us like the vicious magical Whomping Willow in the Harry Potter series, ready to throw us to the winds.

Armed with loppers, protected with elbow skimming rose gloves—the closest I’ll ever come to Mia Farrow’s favorite length—we faced the prickly branches.

Where to start thinning? Like a yoga chant, the rules started running through one’s subconscious: thinner than a pencil, rubbing, main canes…

Gradually the spindly support of last year’s blooms was cast aside, a faint memory of last May’s flush of happy blossoms.  Old rubbed canes fell to stronger green upstarts.

Eventually, a bare skeleton emerged from the entanglements, a garden star ready for its next act: its primadonna performance in the dance called Spring.


Brush up on rose pruning tips here with Mariana Greene of the Dallas Morning News.

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