It was about the Wild Side vs. The side of Restraint.
As I was pruning a rose garden in blissful quiet I kept on thinking back to this dharma talk.
Should I prune a bit harder ? Should I show some restraint ? Should I let a particular climbing rose go a little bit more wild ?
In the end , I hope I found The Middle Path.
Some roses really required severe renovation pruning. They had a lot of dead wood and their frameworks were in poor condition. I went wild.
Other roses were quite well taken care of and it was obvious how much pruning they would need.
Then there was the question of , " do I prune for show quality or production quality ? ".
Again I took the middle road and did not go too wild with the shears but also didn't show too much restraint either.
The thing with pruning roses though, is that I have some time to fine tune a few of the cuts if I want to within the next month or two, Then as the summer season progresses I will have another chance to go wild or show restraint with mid season pruning.
|From California Gardening|