Shovel Pruning…. I swore when I began growing roses that I would never do it. It seems like such a cruel thing to do. The more roses I add, the more I have come to realize that some just will not, despite my best efforts be healthy and productive. I usually give a rose at least 3 years in my garden before shovel pruning. Today’s activity was especially difficult, as I shovel pruned the rose I won my first rose show award with. “Tropicana” It had dwindled down to one cane and had some severe dieback this year. It had to go. The other, “Gold Medal” was a favorite of Tina’s, but even she agreed that it was time for it to go. It too had dwindled down to one spindly cane with no hope of recovery. Below are a few shots of these once beautiful roses in my garden. They will exist now only in my memory…. Farewell sweet roses, parting is such sweet sorrow…… blah blah blah….