Thursday, March 08, 2007

Roses, before and after

These are kind of bigger-than-normal images, so click for bigger. I apologize that they're somewhat hard to see, too.
Roses, before prune.

Roses, after prune.

(The stuff underneath is St. John's Wort, which grows wild here. I like how it looks and I REALLY like the big yellow blossoms in summer, so I let it be)

They look decimated, don't they? They actually prefer it and will grow much better and stronger after this. Pain in the bazunga to do it, though. Just because I imagine I can hear plants screaming.


Carole Knits said...

Thanks for the photos. I have St. John's Wort, too, and just because I love those yellow flowers.

pacalaga said...

Back in my younger, more idealistic-like-only-a-first-world-teenager-can-be days, I had a t-shirt that said, "If trees could scream, no one in the world would sleep again."
I like to think your roses are just sighing in relief, like you might if you cut a particularly annoying hangnail.

bakerina said...

I would recommend that you read Roald Dahl's short story "The Sound Machine," except that you probably would never sleep again -- or at least prune a rose without keeping a bottle of iodine close by. ;)

Rabbitch said...

The roses needed it; you did them a favour. And thank you for reminding me about St. John's Wort. I used to take it and it kept me far more sane than I am now. In fact I'm going to buy some tomorrow.