Spring Rose Pruning Time!

I’m a little behind on pruning my roses this year so I am so happy to read on the David Austin roses website that it’s OK to prune roses well into spring, even in April, after there are 4 – 5 inches of new growth.   I’m going to tackle this task today in order to get beautiful roses in the next couple of months.

I bought all my roses last year as bare root roses from Regan Nursery in Fremont, California.  I’ve dreamed of an English roses and lavender garden for quite some time up to that point.  One day last January, after looking at the picture of a Harlow Carr rose shrub that I saved on my Pinterest and dreaming of my “someday garden”, I decided that I was going to make “someday” happen on that day.  I drove to Regan Nursery and bought two roses – Harlow Carr and Lady Emma of Hamilton.  I went back again and again.  By the time May came around,  I was the owner of 10 different rose bushes, mostly David Austins except for Violet’s Pride and two Eden climbing roses.

They all fared really well and continuously bloomed beautiful flowers up to December.  That’s another benefit for living in Northern California.  We get cool weather and hardly ever freezes.  This year I’m hoping that, because the plants have not established a root system and that I’m pruning a month later than I intended to, the roses’ growth are not drastically affected.

My other plan today is to transplant all of my roses into 5-gallon aeration fabric pots.  Since I never planned on leaving my roses at this rental house and I did not want to disturb the establishing root system, I left them in the same fiber pots they came in.  I am also late on this task which I intended to do back in November but you know, Christmas happened :).  Plants and vegetables tend to do much better in aeration pots due to optimal airflow into the soil.  Last year, most of my roses began to root into the ground and those roses did much better later in the year than the few roses that did not.   I’m hoping that by transferring all my second year roses into aeration pots, they will be healthier and bigger shrubs.  Now, I’m moving out of here in several months so I need to be able to transfer my babies quite easily when its time.  The aeration pots I bought are awesome because they have handles!

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Leggy growth on the Princess Alexandra needs trimming
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An early bloom which will be spared.  Aphids are also just in time.  The Lady Emma is a very beautiful and reliable plant that gives large, sweet fragrant peach blooms. One of my absolute favorites.

Here are all the tools that I will be using to tackle today’s tasks (pics below):

  1. Aeration fabric pots
  2. Goatskin and cow hide pruning gloves
  3. Hunter Boots as seen in the gloves picture
  4. Corona Dualcut Pruners
  5. Green compost bin for yard trimmings and leftovers, not pictured

I will post a tutorial on how to prune roses for the beginner rosarian or black thumb gardener like me, as well as the end-result of my pruning task today.  Stay tuned!

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Silver lining:  Growing something beautiful 🙂