This is our first winter spent full-time in our new home. It’s almost impossible to be long-distance gardeners but that’s what we have been for the last two years. Some things have been maintained pretty well, considering that we could only work in our yard once a month. A very hard-working neighbor boy took care of the lawns and leaves for us, but some of the necessary gardening was missed.
This climbing rose is a good example of what was missed. This is mid-December, and it looks awful. Not having any experience with climbing roses, I need to learn how to properly prune climbing roses so they don’t grow over the rooftop or take over the neighboring bushes. Another step in my gardening education!