NW Gardener

Rainy Day Roses

This year I noticed that my roses began budding sooner than usual, so I was a little late at getting them pruned appropriately. When I finally got around to pruning them, I had a hard time cutting away all of the buds, so I left them unusually leggy and just cut out the dead wood. Unfortunately, what happens when you leave roses leggy, the stems don’t have the strength to hold up the blooms during the Spring rains that we get here in the Pacific Northwest. Today after a heavy weekend rain, I noticed that my roses were bent, nearly damaging the stems.

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The bend in the stems, if not taken care of, would cause damage tot he plant. I had to do a severe prune to protect the plant.

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I am still happy with the result as I have a beautiful bouquet for the week.

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