The Last Pruning

As an unusually warm February day invited me to take off my jacket to embrace the glow of the sun, I found myself inspecting my wintered roses. Despite being in the hardiness zone 6b and it still being technically winter, my roses were bursting with eye buds as well as signs of eager growth. Generally speaking, it is best to wait till the forsythia begin blooming before doing any pruning – at least for this area. You never know in this wacky Pennsylvania weather when a large snow storm could strike. Last year, I had blooms and black spot in January, then over 20″ of snow dropped on just one February day.

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Spring 2016

Nevertheless, this particular warm February day, my heart warred as it wrestled with joyful signs of Spring, but also feelings of remorse. After having our home on the market a few months, we received an offer and settle in April. Although there will be much I miss about our home of 10 years, my rose garden will be sorely missed. We hope to do some traveling while settling somewhere in the South – most likely the Myrtle Beach area, which is hardiness zone 8a/b – a whole 2 zones warmer (that much I am looking forward to)! Alas, if we move there, we would purchase a condo with a balcony. Because if I have to give up my rose garden, I require at least a balcony. It wouldn’t surprise me if rose bushes mysteriously pop up around the condominium community too! 😉

While perusing my eager rose babies, I decided to clean up the garden and do some pruning. After all, they still are mine and I long to see a stunning Spring flush one last time before we have to say our goodbyes. Oh, how I hope the young lady who purchased this safe haven, this small glimpse of heaven, will come to cherish it as I have. I can’t even comprehend anyone ripping out rose bushes to settle for ordinary grass. Yet, I realize not everyone is “obsessed with roses” as my friends and family notate about me.

Upon completing my work in the garden, I dusted off the dirt that gathered around my lower limbs, discussed with my husband my accomplishments, and then cried.

 

 

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2 thoughts on “The Last Pruning

  1. Frida says:

    I understand, I left a house three years ago where I had planted and dearly loved, rhododendrons, lilac, an apple and a peach trea. I hope they are still there. I moved to a house with a new (but old) garden and I am starting to learn about and love roses. Here in Sweden we say that you should prune the roses when the birch trees have “mouse ears”. 🙂

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    • Carrie Renee Turner says:

      Your former garden sounds lovely. It is always difficult to surrender the beautiful things we’ve invested in. It would seem life is about adapting to the seasons we find ourselves in while seeking out what God is speaking and teaching through them. Enjoy your new garden…. Roses have so much to give and teach us. I did not know about the “mouse ears” tip. Very cool! Thank you for sharing and thank you for your kind words. May you be “ever-blooming”.

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