Pass the Secateurs please

It’s that time of year people!  Get out there and prune those roses, if you have any that is.  It’s not that hard although I’m sure there’s plenty of books to confuse you or people as well.  Someone always has the perfect way to prune a rose or an opinion about it. You know don’t do it today because the moon hasn’t reached its apex in the third quarter of the sky behind the constellation Scorpius, or something like that.  Hmmm! The only guide I will give you is, prune them sometime in June/July when there dormant.  You should be able to get a couple done in that timeframe.

Rose Pruning Rules

Rules you say!  what?

I have three golden rules that I work by when pruning and no it’s not the perfect way to prune roses, it just works for me.

Rule 1: Always prune to an outward facing bud.  This gives  the plant the classic vase shape(centre of the plant will be open[not congested]) which= more air circulation through the plant which=less disease and fungal problems.

Rule 2: Always cut out any dead wood in the plant.  This speaks for itself.  Deadwood doesn’t contribute anything.

Rule 3: Always prune hard!!  Don’t be shy, they will reward you in spring if you prune hard now.  As an example, if a rose is 1.5m tall-I will prune it to about 30-50cm tall.  If its 2m tall I will still prune it down to 30-50cm( I’m talking about shrubs here, not climbers.

Rule 4: Rule 4 you say, you said you had three rules.  Yes I know, just bear with me please. Never prune roses that only flower in spring ever in winter.  Why?  Because you have just pruned off all the wood that will provide the flowers for springtime.  Major major disappointment, you will have to wait a whole year for it to flower.  These roses can be pruned straight after they flower in springtime before they put on any new growth.

Rule 5:  Just get out there and enjoy yourself.  Have a go, don’t worry you will find it very difficult to kill a rose, and they are very forgiving even if you do make a hash of it.  Enjoy the sunshine if its out, don’t worry about the cold, get cracking.



















Well, here we have a willing subject.  Left photo is before its haircut, and the right photo is after of course.  Thanks Eglantyne.

Now here is a standard, before and after.  Thanks Mother’s Love.











Remember to keep the base of the plant always clear of mulch, leaves and whatever else there may be.  particularly in winter when wet conditions can cause rotting on the trunks

For groundcover roses I just use a pair of hedge shears and hack away at it.  My rules just go out the window!

Once flowering roses may need a tidy up in winter, ie removal of dead wood only or a branch here and there if they are scraping your car.

Climbers may need to be tied back against structures not so much heavy pruning for them either, just a clean up may do or not!

Remember, ENJOY!  Its fun, well I think it is….

Here’s some more willing subjects

IMG_7711IMG_7713Partly done on the left.  Finished on the right.  Thanks Felicia






Here are some bases that have been hacked and cleaned






I’ve gone to my good friend ‘The Knight’ just to finish this post off, before and after shots of course.  There wasn’t much complaining either, not sure why?

Happy pruning



Heaps of hips

Greetings and salutations,

Late Autumn and early Winter is a great time for roses, huh! I hear you say, what no flowers?  Well, flowers are what causes an interest for roses in the depths of Winter, hips!  Hips are the seed capsules, fruiting bodies, fruit or something like that.  Open one up and you will see rose seed, sometimes one or two or three or many.  Hips are very high in vitamin c, so they must be good for you!  Hip jam is also very tasty, you will find it in supermarkets.  Who would make it?  Imagine trying to separate the flesh from the seed and other bits in the hip.  What a job!  Here’s a tip, buy it off the supermarket shelf instead.

Anyway, hips come in a multitude of sizes and colours and shapes.  The heritage and specie roses usually have the most attractive ones and depending on the time of Autumn and Winter, differing rates of ripening and decay.  Check out these hips I found in my garden.

About time, some may say!

Well!  Here we go, as the heading may suggest, several people have said that I should blog.  What’s a blog I ask?  Not sure, I had to research it(google it that is). Ah! I get it, it’s just someone with plenty of spare time on their hands typing gibberish at a keyboard.  Anyway, I will give this thing a whirl and see where we end up.  Hopefully you will see blogs pertaining to our garden, plants and other green related things.  You might even see plane related blogs, or trains or political leadership battles.  Now you know I’m really scraping the barrel.

Please do check out the website that this blog is attached to, and yes its only the start, so things are being updated and added daily if I can with all the spare time I have.  Do leave comments and feedback, I do have broad shoulders .Do ask questions if you have any, I will answer them if I can(even the silly one’s) and by the way, the question not asked is the silly one.

Here’s a question, what’s this?(see photo below).


Here’s a tip.  It’s from a group of plants that I like(see website.

Good luck.  What’s the prize you say?  There is none, maybe just some bragging rights or something like that!