It began innocently enough. I was out in the lower garden trying to find a spot or two to incorporate the spring vegetables. HH offered to simply make me a new spot, but I know my limitations. That would mean new soil, new fencing, a new raised bed. Someday I will be old, and I won’t want to take care of all this “new.” So, I was standing in the middle of one of the rectangular beds next to Rosa ‘New Dawn’. Her rampant growth looked pretty, but it had eaten the entire back fence causing it to lean. Because of her tremendous size, she was also shading the very beds I want for my spinach, lettuce, beets, carrots, potatoes, pole beans, etc. I took a step, and she snagged my ankle with one of her long canes making it bleed.
That tore it. I thought “Wench, you’re going down.”
Actually, I thought much worse, but you can use your imagination. I stomped up the hill to the house. and grabbed the Felco #F-8 Ergonomic Pruners Diva gave me for Christmas. Note: my other Felcos are still good, but after 15 years of use, Diva thought they looked shabby. I called to HH, who happened to be on the roof, that I needed the long-handled Fiskars 30-Inch Bypass Loppers. We couldn’t find any but the short handled Fiskars 21-Inch Bypass Loppers. Yes, believe me, with all the trees we have, we have three sets of loppers, and we wear out at least one set a year. I took the shorter ones and began an afternoon of pain, not for the rose, but for me. ‘New Dawn’ is covered in horrible, straight thorns which tore my jeans, my shirt, arms and even my upper lip. I look like I’ve been in a cat fight with Sophie.
About mid-afternoon, I came in for lunch and a quick rest. Spurred on by my Plurk buddies, I went back outside to finish her. I wish I had talked to them first. Mary Ann suggested a Milwaukee Sawzall Reciprocating Saw. Here are the piles of rose canes.
Here is another view through the broken arbor. Oh, I didn’t mention the arbor did I? She pulled it down with her big, bad self.
Here is the final result.
Again, note: I’m not suggesting you start pruning your rosebushes and especially not your climbers. Climbing roses should be pruned after they bloom. I only did this because I know ‘New Dawn’ is as strong as nails. She probably won’t bloom much this year, but she will recover.
Yesterday, I wasn’t sure if I would.