I have been watching the rose bush Grace, in the bed just by the patio, and have been wondering for the last few weeks, whether it was time to do a first prune. That is the prune to cut longish growths that when caught by winds tends to cause the rose tree to loosen in the earth. Our garden is very well sheltered, and I have been hanging back on this. Now I am rewarded..those rose buds are starting to open, and today I have three stems for an arrangement. I can hardly believe it...it is so close to Christmas.
Towards the end of the garden I have a Cornus Sanguina Midwinter Fire, which has bounced back from its severe pruning this spring. I have since read that it is advisable not to overprune this one!
When I got in inside I realised that the stems are both red and yellow..I think they are red on the lighter side of the shrub.
Then I added the three stems of Rose Grace
and as I zoomed into the picture found that I had brought in a ladybird.
Then just to prove that it is really winter...added some of the Variegated Holly
casting her spell again, so do go over and have a peep!