If you have roses in the upper Midwest one of the first spring garden tasks is taking rose inventory. What survived, what didn't? This is one of those daunting projects undertaken with fingers crossed and a prayer in your heart that winter wasn't as horrible as you know it was. Do you get out your black suit? Are you going to a funeral? Mounding can dramatically reduce rose carnage, but doesn't guarantee 100% survival.
|Grafted rose on left, own root rose on right|
Courtesy Easy Elegance Roses
|Hardy and lovely My Girl Easy Elegance rose|
|Easy to prune clematis Etoille Violettte|
Group I: Spring flowering types that flower on buds from last year's growth. So, pruning should be minimal until after spring bloom. Any "tidy up" pruning you want to do should be accomplished within a month after bloom.
Group II: Some early through mid-season flowering varieties, that is two potential flushes of flowers. Bloom on current season's growth from last year's stems and possibly a late summer bonus flowering from current season's growth So, spring prune dead wood or weak stems to the plumpest, uppermost buds on whatever growth you decide to save.
Group III: These varieties flower in summer from the growth they made in the spring. These varieties can be cut back within a foot or two of the ground late winter or early spring. Another way to put it would be to prune just above the lowest buds nearest the base of the plant.
If you're like me you'll put the name in at least two places just as insurance. There's nothing more irritating than being the party responsible for turning your clematis into a foliage plant for the year because it was pruned improperly!
|Light the dark with Silveredge pachysandra|
After rereading and reflecting maybe this post should have been called "mutterings" rather than musings. Just sayin'....