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A Bed of Beauty and Thorns – Our Backyard Roses

When we moved here in February, one of the first things we noticed (after the fact that we have the tiniest backyard in the world) was that there were several rose bushes in our yard space. And by bushes I mean ten foot trees.

They were dormant back in February, but very obviously had not been cared properly in some time. We later found out from one of our neighbors that the bushes probably hadn’t been pruned in about 3 years.

Rose bushes are hearty, invasive plants that grow without much care, and will also grow as tall as you let them. When they began to bloom in April, the weight caused them to tip over. We were soon unable to maneuver the back yard thanks to the long, reaching arms of the bushes. Once the previously small green weeds surrounding them began to explode everywhere, we decided set aside a Saturday for yard work.

About $100 and 10 hours of fun with spiders, thorns, and snakes later, we’d removed the weeds, trimmed the bushes, removed dead shrubs, laid river rock, and planted some lilies. The yard is much more usable now, and the rose bushes were trimmed pretty drastically.

Well, lo and behold, in less than 2 months they are already back to about 6 feet. We will likely wait until November pruning season to trim them again, and only focus on trimming the dead branches for now.

In the meantime, the blooms on these persistent bushes are beautiful. I was able to take some photos before our initial trimming, and had some fun playing with lighting and focus. All of the below photos are unedited, aside from the addition of a water mark.

Plants like these are rare and very difficult to maintain in Wyoming, so we are enjoying seeing them each morning. Even if they are approaching monstrous height again, they’re varied in color and size, and have a wonderful aroma.

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I’m looking forward to taking more photos of them later in the summer!

intrusions of beauty

 

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