Picture an old rose bush that had been neglected over the years. With new owners now in charge of the garden, this rose received much needed attention back in January.
Some of you may remember my post “An Overgrown, Nameless Rose” back in January. This old rose bush graced the front garden of Double S Farms, which is where my mother, sister and her family are new residents.
Unlike many rose bushes, this particular one continued to bloom without any help….no fertilizer, sprays or pruning. But, there was a lot of dead growth and old canes (branches) that needed to be removed. In other words, this rose bush needed a face lift.
When I finished pruning, this is what was left. My mother, Pastor Farmer, may have been a little unprepared for how far back I had pruned her roses, but I assured her that this was essential for their health and that new growth would soon appear.
Well, this is what they looked like this evening, just 9 weeks later, when we stopped by Double S Farms to celebrate both my husband and nephew’s birthdays.
The rose bushes are flush with new growth and there are no old canes (branches) to be seen anywhere. I like to think of pruning as like giving a plant a face lift. The results are usually remarkable and you don’t have to pay a lot of money like you would to a plastic surgeon 😉
For me, the icing on the cake was to see both of these formerly neglected rose bushes covered with rosebuds getting ready to open.
I can hardly wait….