July 3, 2019

Prune After Bloom

Here at my Bedford, New York farm, it's time to "prune after bloom" - meaning deadhead all the faded flowers in the gardens.

There are different pruning strategies for different times of the year, but overall the goals are the same - to keep the plants looking fresh and open, promote new growth and re-flowering, and to improve the overall health of the plant. Deadheading is one of the easiest forms of pruning - as blooms fade, just cut off the flower stems below the spent blossoms and above the first set of full, healthy leaves. This week, Ryan, Gavin, and Zoe are deadheading roses and various poppies, delphiniums, dianthuses, and others. It’s a tedious task, but the new flowers spawned from this process make the effort well worth it.

Enjoy these photos.