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Mairin's Journal

Mairin's Journal

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Roses before pruning

30 January 2010 22:31:28
Before

Before

I was down in Kilkenny today and I got a chance to prune the main rose bed.  These roses were planted about 25 years ago so they look their age.   On some of them, there is a good 2 ft of wood with no shoots at all which means that when the growth is on them, they are in excess of 6 feet tall.  The biggest problem with that is rocking caused by the wind.  Last year, I thought I had solved the problem by putting fresh soil around the bases.  I need to do it again this year.  I didn't have much time left today after I had finished pruning as my presence is required here for baths and bed so I just heeled them in.  That will have to do them until I am down again. 


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J.D. J.D. 30 January 2010 22:35:12

Look fine to me. But then doesnt everything improve with age, like a good wine.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 30 January 2010 22:47:58

The wind caused the roses plenty of trouble Mairin.Lets hope it is not to serious.


mgts mgts 31 January 2010 20:35:34

They will reward you well for the pruning Mairin... When we bought our cottage we inherited a 70yr+ old rose it is such a beauty and the scent from it is to die for....


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