The Stopwatch Gardener

A gardening blog from Sheila M. Averbuch

It’s okay to cut everything

October5

Click for larger imageI almost never go around the garden and cut everything in sight, but I was prompted to clip all these roses today after remembering what Toby Buckland said in his Gardener’s World article about being able to gather as much as you can from an October garden. There’s so much abundance in the garden in summer — I didn’t realize until after I’d taken all these that there’s still loads in the garden left to come, including rosebuds that are still swelling. I’m not sure this white rose is Margaret Merrill (it’s supposed to be) but it does smell fantastic, a bit like Lily of the Valley. The largest blooms in this photo are Tess of the D’Urbervilles, a brilliantly colored and energetically climbing red rose from David Austin, with a flat but tolerable scent. It’s such a grower, though — I planted a single hardwood cutting last winter, it struck immediately and produced several blooms this year. It was transplanted in September to my mother-in-law’s house. If it can take this midseason relocation, it can take anything.

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“It’s okay to cut everything”

  1. On October 14th, 2009 at 5:26 pm Deborah at Kilbourne Grove Says:

    I worked in a garden centre for a while. Margaret Merrill was always the one that had the most amazing fragrance.

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