Category Archives: Pruning

Time To Tidy Up

This time of year starts a frenzy of garden to-do lists.  Seed packets are organized, new seed varieties are studied, and plans are being made for the gardens.  Not much can be planted outside now, but the greenhouse space is already filling up. For my garden, ornamental grasses, climbing roses, and hydrangeas can be cut […]

We Are Late For Our Haircuts

This time last year, I already had my roses pruned, ornamental grasses cut, and hydrangeas and butterfly bushes trimmed. Not this year.  Nature has had her own schedule this winter and she’s really wanting it to hang on. This weekend (hopefully), the trimmers are coming out of hibernation. Here’s a flashback of last year which […]

Out With The Old

When we built our house years ago, I planted ‘Goldflame’ Spirea in the front beds. 15 years later, those Spirea have seen better days.    A few late freezes, an extreme ice storm, and brutal hot, dry summers have wreaked havoc on their old limbs.  Many had dead centers, a couple were completely dead and the rest were just pitiful. Thus […]

Give a Gal Some Pruners and Stand Back

It’s that time of year, in my zone 6b-7 garden, when some of my plants need cutting back.  The general rule is when the forsythia are blooming, it’s time to grab those pruners and loppers and get to work.  Well, the forsythia are blooming, so it’s time to get pruning. The first participants of the pruning […]