Pruning a Third

Indira Ganesan, Overgrown, 2019

Lately I have been studying rose pruning.  I have watched excellent videos here and here and bracing myself up for the task.

In much the same manner, I have decided to prune a third of my last manuscript, in order to obtain what I hope will be strong growth this summer.

It is easier to talk about roses than my work, so let me tell you about the roses.  I never thought I could grow a rose, living in rentals and year-by-year situations, until I took the plunge and planted a white rose I found at the remainder shelf (not far does the literary metaphor stray) at my local nursery.  It was a beraggled “iceberg” which patiently offers up half a dozen flowers each year.  Sometimes a flower has a delicate red stripe on one petal. I keep waiting for it to branch out, but so far, it has remained steady and very slow.

Indira Ganesan, iceberg Rose, 2017

My next was a rescue red, whose name I don’t know.  It too does not offer nymerous flowers, but the growth has been steady.  I wish I took pictures when I first bought it, as it looked pretty sad indeed.

Indira Ganesan, Rescue Red, 2018

Third time for me was the charm as late one fall I got my first David Austin rose on discount.  This was James Galway, and a climber, to my surprise.  Now standing seven feet tall, it produces masses of fragrant pink blooms throught June, and again in late summer.  This is the rose I need to train to a proper structure, as it is in need of care.  Two late autumn sale roses met their maker after a furious winter, but now I have two springtime purchases: a Lady Emma Hamilton which probably needs to get out of her put and into the ground, and  struggling Getrude Jeckyll.  I had first planted the Getrude Jeckyll in a shady spot, then moved her to a sunny spot.  I think she did not take to the move, especially as an agressive spirea  was growing next to her. I am going to transplant the spirea and hope for the best.

Indira Ganesan, James Galway Rose, 2017

Indira Ganesan, Lady Emma Hamilton Rose, 2019

Indira Ganesan, Gertrude Jeckyll Rose, 2019


It’s warming up in Denver, so I’m starting to get the gardening itch. I have but one big pot in front of my apt, perhaps starting a rose this year would be a hopeful move. Your David Austins are beautiful!


    Do, Dana! Take a look at their website fir recommendations on containers. You could also plant companion plants in the pot, like trailing lobelia or something. What a good blank canvas to play with!


I loved your descriptions of the roses. And I tried to choose a favorite – I couldn’t, I love them all and hope the very best for them – and you.

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    It is easy to get obsessed by the David Austins! So beautiful and fragrant. Lately i have been taking gardening in vicariously by watching Gardener’s World on tv. My mom used to do the same with Victory Garden!

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