This is the wrong time of year to be pruning my rose, especially given there are still a couple of flowers on it. However today I didn’t really have much of a choice. I had to clear the rose from the window area where I’m getting a replacement window so that it can be properly measured (something that I consider an important thing). It had to be today as I finshed slightly earlier than other week days so I was able to work in relatively reasonable light given how quickly the days close in. It was also reasonable weather which mean that with the patio light on I was able to tidy up after I’d finished pruning.
There was only one petal left on this rose head, however it didn’t stop it being a useful ‘dinner plate’ for this bumble bee to enjoy the nectar that was clearly still present. I’m lucky that I do get a number of bumble bees in the garden and in a couple of weeks time, when the lavender is in full bloom I suspect I’ll have a lot of bees, bumble and otherwise.
While I was away the climbing rose had clearly made up for it’s late start. So much so that from the one bloom previously highlighted there were about 30 here that needed to be deadheaded to help promote future flowering. There are still plenty on the plant and it was nice to come back to it in full bloom and to know that despite the unusually cold weather it is going strong, and will probably continue to do so till late autumn.
The sun was out today, ironic given how wet it was when I was on a long walk yesterday, but that’s the way it goes. While it was tempting to go for a walk, I new there were some garden tasks that needed to be done in the near future so I had my first gardening day of the year. I am lucky enough to have a wonderful climbing rose what has a great scent to it and flowers from about March to the end of October. Today it had its annual ‘trim’. While it’s slightly later than some would suggest, it does let me see where the best growth is likely to be and how to prune the rose back to grow in the direction I want it to.