Here's the finished work of Le Vesuve.
My front yard isn't quite as desolate as it was before the pruning but you'd never know there are roses in this picture.
Poor Clotilde Soupert has been leafless for a few months, and her normally green canes are burgundy-colored. I really was afraid she might be in trouble since my other CS had lots of leaves. While I was pruning her, I looked at the other side of one cane. What a shock to see that it is green on the north side! The poor rose is sunburned. She's showing some new sprouts so hopefully she's OK.
Madame Abel Chatenay is so prickly, but she's sprouting new growth already. We're having some very nice warm temps.
Violas grown from seeds by me.
Last year first bloom went to 'Hermosa', and this year it's 'Hermosa' again. Sorry for the blur. We had a good bit of wind today.
This is the glamorous part of composted horse manure. It's downhill from here and leaves you with stiff muscles. I added topsoil, but the hole took every bit of the load.
I was just thinking today that I would be entirely happy if all I ever did was work in my garden.