We are 3 friends, who also happen to be moms of 7 boys and 1 cute baby grand-daughter. We love to craft, DIY, cook, remodel, refinish and redo. Pretty much anything crafty we like to do it. We live in Tri-Cities, WA which is pretty much a desert. When you think of Washington most of you are thinking "desert" that can't be so, Washington is so green. Not so much where we are from. But it's a wonderful place to raise our family.
So I guess it's that time of year again.......hacking pruning the rose bushes. We bought our house last April and I really didn't get to do a good pruning. So this was my first year. So who did I turn to to learn more on how to prune roses? Only the place who has the best looking roses I've ever seen! Butchart Gardens in Victoria, BC! I found a video tutorial online to help me out. I also called my local nursery. Anyway, I was advised that you can do a light pruning in late fall, just to bring the height down. So my amazing husband and I cut our roses down to a 3' height. Much better!
Next I was told to prune your roses so down to about 18" in height, leaving only about 4 or 5 branches coming out of the base. They should be coming out like a vase shape, nothing in the middle and no crossing branches. I have about 18 rose bushes that line my back yard fence, so I only managed to do about 6. Will tackle the rest another day. I also, have about 30 rose bushes that line the front perimeter of my house! I thought to myself.....hmmmmm.....this is alot of work, I'm not sure I have it in me to do the whole front yard! Yikees! So I posted "18 rose bushes for FREE" on craigslist......and within 1/2 hour I had 4 emails. Of course the catch....Free if you dig! Anyway, off track a little..... so here is what my rose bushes look like now. So much, much better! I hope they look fan-tab-u-lous when they bloom.