Now, remaining rose blooms take forever to open, leaves are falling from my fruit trees, and winter cleanup has begun.
Even though it is a bit early, I've started pruning my roses already. I was afraid that if I waited till December I would not be able to finish by mid-February when some of my earliest blooming roses burst into spring growth.
I am looking forward to winter and a dramatic change from colorful exuberant growth to minimalist, abstract silhouettes of naked pruned canes.
Winter pruning roses is one of my favorite things to do in the garden, and hopefully I can find enough time to write about it here.