Last Of The Roses

Last Of The Roses

Can you believe I cut the Last of the Roses yesterday in my Zone 8 Oregon garden?  Well here they are.  This is it for the year, because I did my Fall Rose Pruning yesterday, at least before it started to rain.

Fall Rose Pruning

.  In general, if you do Fall Rose Pruning at all (some sources recommend not to do it (Rodale), while others (Heirloom Roses and Oregon Master Gardeners) recommend pruning no more than a third of the height to prevent wind damage.  (To about 30 inches high)
.  Also, cut out diseased or crossing branches.
.  Heirloom Roses also suggests, thinning out the small spindly canes which can whip about in the wind and damage other canes.
.  This pruning should be done after the first frost, so you will not stimulate new growth and promote dieback.
.  Then do a good Spring Pruning after the threat of a hard frost is over (around Valentines Day in my area.)
Yes, I am doing this fairly late, but this fall has been so mild that it has only frosted about five or six times so far.  It has allowed a lot of black spot to develop on my roses, so I will now have to go back and clean up the ground from all the leaves that have fallen.  Then I will do my regular Spring Rose Pruning around the end of February.
ILast Roses Mosaicn the mean time, we are enjoying the very last remains of the roses in my kitchen.
Do you prune your roses in fall?

34 Replies to “Last Of The Roses”

  1. I just cut the roses this afternoon in anticipation of 3 freezes this week. We also haven’t had many frosts yet, and the roses are going great. We’re covering some in hopes of keeping them closer to Christmas (North Texas is cold one day and hot the next in December). Black spot has been a problem the last two weeks even on my antique roses and Knockouts. I hate to see them go. We usually trim early February on the few days the wind isn’t freezing. The Banksias get trimmed after the blooms fade in May. I love my roses.

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    1. Hi Sue,

      Thanks for coming by. This fall has been so mild that we have been able to keep the roses going till now. I see that you have been lucky too.

      Yael

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    1. Hi Kateri,

      Thanks for stopping by. We have been lucky that we have had a very mild fall. Only a few days with frost so far, but that is likely to change. I Love having these roses so late.

      Yael

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  2. I used to prune them in the fall, and now I’m trying not pruning them. I think the tips about the canes whipping about in the wind makes good sense so now I may go trim them a bit. How lovely to have roses blooming so late!

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    1. Hi Vee,

      Thanks for coming by. We are really psyched about having the roses this late. This is very unusual here. Hope you have a great week.

      Yael

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    1. Nonnie,

      Thanks and thanks for coming by. Wow, I am impressed that your neighbor had roses until last month in Indiana. This has been a strange weather year.

      Yael

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    1. Hi Debra,

      Thanks and thanks for dropping by. I have been amazed too that I still had roses. This fall has been very mild.

      Yael

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  3. I am so glad you linked in this week. I have been in the deep freeze of Alberta for a while now and seeing that others still have a few things on the “grow” makes me smile! I hope you will again soon!
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    1. Glenda,

      Thanks or coming by. Sounds cold there in Alberta. You have some wonderful things going on in your greenhouse, though. Stay warm.

      Yael

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    1. Hi Pam,

      Thanks for coming by and thanks for your comment. I will prune them again in spring also. Hope you have a great week.

      Yael

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  4. Im a zone 5, so my roses have been long gone. I do prune my roses in late fall to about the 30″, makes clean up so much easier in spring. Thanks for stopping by and liking my natural candle bobeches. PS – following you on linky!

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  5. Hi Yael, Your roses look pretty! Love the peach-colored ones. I think I pruned mine too early. They don’t seem to have put up new growth for the most part, so hopefully they’ll be ok. We are zone 5 so a lot colder than you are; however, it’s been a mild fall so far with temps in the 50s this week. We have had cold weather though; it just seems to be interspersed with warm days.

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    1. Hi Beth,

      Thanks and thanks for coming by. We have had it freeze only a few times this year and so far no snow. We have been lucky, but it is getting colder. We will see what January and February bring.

      Yael

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  6. Hi Yael,

    You are so lucky to still have roses this far into the season. Mine were done in mid September. I don’t prune mine due to the cold winter. Yours are so pretty in peach and yellow!

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    1. Hi Donna,

      Thanks and thanks for stopping. So far we are lucky with the weather. Still, we may get some slush later this weekend. Hope you have a good weekend.

      Yael

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    1. Hi Yona,

      Thanks. Glad you dropped by. I clipped them all off, except for the Rugosas, so my roses are no more for this year. Two more months and I will prune them the rest of the way.

      Yael

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    1. Katherine,

      Yes, it is sad to see them go, but there is always next year. I suppose it is time for them to sleep. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

      Yael

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  7. Wow! I didn’t even know that zone 8 was up there in Oregon! I thought the northern states were mainly 7 and below! How cool is that. We have a few stragglers here – we’ll get our first hard freeze this weekend. Here in Georgia we’re zone 7 – 8
    I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday, I have moved my blog. You can find me at http://adelightsomelife.com
    Kathy

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