Now that this new endeavor understands just how I feel, I will forge on with confidence!!
I just have a million things to share with all of you, but I’ll start with a bit of current info everyone should know. PLAN before you start. YES I did that 5 years ago when we built a new house in the middle of an alfalfa field, but. . .maybe. . . I could have PLANNED a little better. I remember when I planted this stuff, I thought, “I’ll just move it when it gets too crowded.” Right!!
This is last summer (2010) I took this pic to remind me that this spring I HAD to do something. That poor little dogwood is being squished by that Knockout Rose, and you can’t really see it, but there is a Firepower Nandina behind that dogwood. Yes, it is literally under the rosebush.
Yesterday, I pruned, correction, PRUNED the rose bush.
Can see the little Nandina? Now I can get in there and dig up the Nandina and the Dogwood to relocate them. I really had wanted to move the rose bush, but I would have to cut it WAY back and it is just so gorgeous all summer. I would really miss it in that place anyway.
I always prune my roses in Feburary or March. It helps keep the winter kill to a minimum. Of course with Knockouts, there’s not much worry. They are the best, most hardy rose for just a pretty flowering bush that there is. And in our weather that ranges from -10 to 110 degrees, I need something that just can’t be killed.
This is one reason I didn’t want to cut back and dig up the rose!! Heavy leather gloves and long-handled loppers are important.