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Rose prune practice that won't kill your beloved plant

Rose Prune Practice that won't Kill Your Beloved Plant

The fine art of rose pruning is something that comes with practice. If you want to help your rose plant look its best, but you’re worried you may do more harm than good, then follow these simple steps to help prune your way to healthier and better looking rose plant.

When to Practice Rose Prune Techniques

You can’t just hack away at your plant whenever the notion takes your fancy. You have to learn to work in cycle with the plants own natural behavior and routine. Plants rely on structure and system to survive, so make sure that you respond to the plants needs.

When most of the snow has melted in the early spring, start popping out into the garden. Look at the rose plant, and check for any signs of swollen red buds, around the size of a sesame seed. Once you see several of these buds all around your rose bush, you know it’s time to prune the bush back, and make way for the new growth.

Safe Rose Prune Practice

Use a good pair of thick gloves, and remove the protection you mounded up around the rose brush to help keep it safe during the winter.

If your bush is small with thin stems, you’ll only need a pair of hand pruners. If your rose shrub has grown into a bit of a wild thing, and has branches over a ? inch thick, then look for a set of shears that will offer more leverage. This will make accessing difficult branches easier, and will give a nice clean cut.

Take a good look at your rose plant, and prepare for your first bit of rose prune practice.

Where to Start with a Rose Prune Practice

  • Immediately cut back black branches. These are dead, and need to be removed.
  • Cut away branches that are thinner than a pencil – unless this is all you have left!
  • Cut away branches that make contact with one another. This is often where troubles, such as disease and pests start.
  • Cut to the top of the new bud.
  • Cut at a 45 degree angle, in a manner that gives the new bud the best access to light.

How to Finish Your Rose Pruning

  • Take your time with the task, and don’t get ‘trigger happy’.
  • Once you are left with 5 or 6 main branches, shape the branches to form a vase like framework.
  • Mix up a liquid fertilizer feed once you have finished your rose prune practice, and give your plant a feed to support the change.
  • Lay the ground surrounding the rose plant with some wood chippings to help prevent diseases.
  • Keep your gloves on at all times, and be sure to safely dispose of your cuttings. Many people cut up branches into smaller, hand size pieces for easier disposal.

Maintaining a regular watering and feeding pattern, as well as performing regular checks for disease, and deadheading as necessary, along with rose prune practice, will help to keep your rose bush looking great all year round.

Creating your personal idyll with garden art

Creating Your Personal Idyll with Garden Art

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” Thomas Merton quotes.

Gardening is of course commonly regarded as a hobby. A hobby which is no doubt, engaging, rewarding and soothing. But can one really go beyond the ordinary process of just taking care of and maintaining a garden and make it look like a work of art with garden art, alone? Why not? All that is needed is a few insightful tips to give it an artistic touch and the desire to see life blooming at your doorstep.

Just by adding garden art here and there, your garden will become the very personal heaven you so wanted. Employing garden art doesn’t mean using all expensive materials or going beyond your means, after all, we don’t want to beautify the garden at the cost of the house! What are required are just the right touches such as appropriate garden art objects. Just little additions or modifications can turn a mere garden into an idyll which boasts of symphony between flora and garden art.
Here is how you bring “garden art” in your garden.

Theme – this is the first step to make your garden special. A garden art theme is what makes a garden stand apart from a traditional garden. You can have an all-green garden, a bright colorful garden, a desert themed garden or a Japanese garden. There are endless possibilities and promises – but all use garden art. You could even come up with some unique garden art theme which complements the overall schema.

Colors – just like everything else in life, correct combination gives out the accurate effect. Have a good look at your garden and assess the need for adding the right combination or stone or metallic garden art. Combine bright orchids with pastel plants or arrange your pots and plants in around your garden art so that the overall picture that comes up is that of a beautifully arranged flower vase – but remember you first have to have the vase, i. e. – the garden art.

Light – you will be surprised at how much of a difference the amount of light makes. Under the sun, all the flowers will look colorful and bright; it is only when you put on the lights after the sun sets that they show their hidden colors. It is as if plants have a separate nocturnal life of their own. Lighting should be arranged, as well, to highlight your garden art.  Explore shades of light available and choose the one that best suits your collection in the garden.

Water – cooling, soothing and colorless. Water is something which effortlessly blends in any background yet holds out on its own. Make space for a “wet” garden art such as a small pond and let the water gently flow down a delicate sculpture. This small addition of garden art in your garden will bring out the best of beauty around it.

Accessories and art – the very meaning of accessorize is “to decorate or to beautify.” A garden these days is so much more than pots and plants, there is this whole market or garden art objects available to adorn it. Hanging lamps, wind chimes, painted pots, shades and lights, corner paintings, veils, sculptures, sand and stones; the variety of garden art is exhausting. Choose the garden art objects that fit within your budget and theme and change the way the world looks at your garden.

The aim of all this effort is beyond mere beauty. The calming effect of joining nature and garden art has been known since forever but has now been proved, too. Being close to nature and beautiful garden art relieves us of everyday stress, adds an element of freshness and brightens to our day and approach to life.  A healthy mindset resides in a healthy body. The impact of mental health on our body is far too much too ignore.

In this fast paced life that we live, it may not be possible to take a break and go away for a breath of fresh air near nature and garden art at the slightest hint of stress, why not make it easier? Go home to a garden boasting Grande flora and bountiful garden art.