> On Wednesday, we had 2″ of snow on the ground and temps in the teens. By Sunday the temperature had risen to 60 degrees with the snow gone and the sun shining bright, I took an opportunity to get outside and enjoy the afternoon in the garden.
I drug out all our pots from the garage to determine how many, if any new pots would be needed for the Spring/Summer growing season. I will only need 3 large ones to house new mini flora roses on order. I was so tempted to prune my roses! I know better, though. Just as this was a crazy week for weather, I know that we still have a few more weeks of it to go. If I prune now, I run the risk of loosing tender foliage to a late cold snap, so I will wait. I try to time my first cycle of bloom to coincide with the upcoming Birmingham Rose Show held each year on Mother’s Day weekend at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. So, knowing that it takes about 45-60 days after pruning/fertilizing to produce roses on stem , I will prune around March 10th to try an accomplish this. Despite my best efforts, I always seems to miss it each year by a few days. The weekend of the show I am either saying “my flush of bloom was last week” or “my bushes are full of buds”… I have said this before and I guess I will says it again, I do not exhibit to win prizes. I exhibit to help accomplish the mission of any rose society worth their salt, “To increase the general knowledge on the cultivation of the rose as our National Floral Emblem.” If they stick a ribbon on my roses, i’m proud as punch, if not i’m ok with that. Ok, I got off topic a little…..