I have had ants in my pants waiting to be able to dig in my yard.
It was finally warm and windless enough to trim my rose bushes.
I am not a genius gardener.
I'm not even a great gardener but I do know how to take care of the plants in my yard and keep them alive and beautiful.
With Mother Natures help, of course.
This rose is named Eden and it's a tea cup climbing rose.
The roses are shaped like tea cups (they are flat on top) and they have a super high petal count.
When it starts blooming at the end of the month you will pee your pants because it is so incredibly magnificent.
There are two Eden roses planted side by side.
They were a birthday gift from my dear friend Judy in June 2001.
Along with these Judy gave me four other rose bushes.
It was one of my best birthday surprises every opening the back of her SUV and it full of roses for me!
I cut my roses back in the spring to promote growth and trim out what Mother Nature killed during the winter.
(I cut my entire yard back in the spring. I don't do much winterizing).
I am a generous and instinct trimmer.
If it looks like a branch maybe should go, it goes.
While trimming I step back often making sure the bush still has a nice shape.
Basically I don't fuss or fret when I cut.
I just jump into it and start cutting away.
First to go is the new growth at the base of the bush.
It looks so healthy and that it is making your roses grow bigger but they are 'sucker' branches.
They suck nutrients from the healthy old growth, so get rid of them.
Notice that the sucker branches are really long with very few leaves.
They use a lot of the plants energy to reach for the sun light.
Next I trim out all the 'woody' branches which means if there is a bunch of wood and not much green cut it out.
Much of the right side didn't weather so it all came off.
It's difficult to cut large chunks of my bush away but it's not going to nurse back to life even if it does still have a bit of green on it.
The pile of cut branches are very 'woody' indeed.
Today I cleaned up the rose and ivy corner of my backyard.
The large, cumbersome architectural piece that Chris won't let me bring into the house gets tucked into the garden.
A while back I hung these old window screen on the back gate to add privacy and disguise the chain link. (And I think they are cool.)
Freya and I found a snail.
How are your yards coming along?