Thursday, February 17, 2011

A day late

Sorry not to have kept my promise to give you "more tomorrow". But "tomorrow" was an extra long day at work, and this pruner was pooped so no pruning was done yesterday. I managed to get the last cuts made on Le Vesuve as it was getting dark (which thankfully came at 6:45 tonight and later tomorrow night!). I hope in the daylight he won't be lopsided. So no photos for you. I was all set to take pictures last evening of the unfinished side and the finished side, but I had no charged batteries. Sometimes life just doesn't cooperate.

I will tell you that this rose is a cantankerous one. Tonight's half had even more oddities on it, places where I had trimmed in the past that had sprouted umbrella growth. Definitely not intuitive pruning. It got dark before I could get way in to the middle, too. Hopefully, I'll remember to get back to it.

As you can see I have eight minis and polys in larger pots around my front circle. On Sunday I pruned them from a stool (much easier on the back), feeling like a bonsai gardener. I would sit down in front of each rose and say to myself, "What the heck!!!" Zillions of not-much-bigger-than-toothpick-sized canes. Where to begin but at the beginning, i.e., start cutting. Which is what I did, and it felt like I was moving at a good clip, but at the end of each day it was my judgment that I had made little progress on what I had thought would be a one day job. I may not have mentioned it on this blog before, but I have a tendency to be slow, stemming from my tendency to be perfectionistic, I guess. That must be the reason it took three days to trim the freezes off eight liriope (also known as buzz cuts), prune and/or de-leaf eleven roses in the ground and eight roses in pots and cut back the dead tops off several perennials.

And now on to the backyard. One-week vacation starts tomorrow at 4:15pm. Yay!!! Compost coming Saturday morning. Yay!! Dreaming of the spring flush and remembering last year's, Le Vesuve says Hi!


  1. What a beautiful rose!!! Enjoy your vacation.


  2. Thanks, FlowerLady. I love this rose!!

  3. I just can't wait for mine to arrive!

  4. Dear Sherry,

    I have passed on the Stylish Blogger Award to you. I enjoy your blog very much and hope you will make even more friends in the blogosphere. Come to my sight if you would like to collect it and pass it on.

  5. Lovely rose Sherry and very useful to me. I knew I had Vesuve somewhere in my yard but couldn't remember where. Seeing yours tells me what the name of the pink rose blooming now is. Now I just have to put a label on it lol.

  6. Meghan, I can't help but think you will love your new rose. When mine was a baby, it bloomed its little head off!

    Masha, thank you again.

    Very cool, Denise. Don't forget the "Le" when you make the label.