Grapes and Roses (and Greenhouses)

TheIMG_2156_resize weather has been warming up recently, and between daffodils starting to peek out of the ground and roses starting to bud out, I find myself in the initial garden panic. “Ahh! Must prune all the things!”



The sad thing about this place is that the grapes and roses were let go. It’s been who knows how many years since they were cut back properly (see photo at left; that rose is taller than I am!). I’ve never pruned roses before, but the Dearliest showed me how and assured me that it’ll be easier next year.

Whilst pruning one of the smaller shrub-type roses, I found a tag! I have a Christopher Marlowe English rose, cultivated by David Austin. That’s one of about 11 rose mysteries solved. I hope I can figure out the others!

I only have 3 roses left to prune, but one of them is the climbing rose on the arbor, so in theory that won’t take quite so long since a lot of the canes will stay.

When it’s all said and done, I wonder how much space all the cuttings will take up in the dump trailer? There’s still half the grapes to do!


Over the weekend, LK mixed up some seed starter soil and very carefully filled several seed trays. The Dearliest has a few more things to complete on the greenhouse, but it’s otherwise ready to go and just waiting for seeds!

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Note: One should never look through seed catalogs while hungry.


4 thoughts on “Grapes and Roses (and Greenhouses)

  1. Oh, I hope you will guard your precious hands as you do this work, not only from thorns, but from over exerting the squeeze muscles and joints connected. It really doesn’ need to be done all in one day! The early sunshine can feel like a tyrant>>>hurry hurry hurry<<< can't it? Reclaiming bushes and trees neglected is slow but rewarding. I'll look forward to seeing what other roses you discover.

  2. Isn’t this weather lovely?!?! We’ve been catching up on yard work too and the kiddos keep finding little green shoots peeking through the ground – some in the oddest places! 🙂 But, it’s been really nice to make progress.
    Do tell what seeds you decide to plant. I’m hoping for a garden this year and really have no idea what grows well around here. :-O 🙂

  3. It’s interesting to move somewhere that isn’t a completely blank slate – that’s a lot of roses to take care of, though! Your homestead sounds like a lot of fun, and fun work. Sleep will be sweet afterward, too!

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