February 11, 2023

Pruning Roses in the Flower Garden

One of the many tasks we complete this time of year is the pruning of my rose bushes. Proper pruning improves the health of the plants, prevents disease, and encourages better flowering.

There are different pruning strategies for different times of the year, but overall the goals are the same - to control the plant's shape, to keep the bush fresh and open, and to allow for better air circulation. This week my gardener, Brian O'Kelly, has been busy pruning the rose bushes on the perimeter of my flower garden. I have grown roses for more than 30-years. Many of the rose varieties I've purchased are highly prized for their petal formations and fragrances, so proper maintenance is very important to keeping them healthy and productive.

Here are some photos, enjoy.