June 25, 2011

Thorny Pruning

 "Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit." John 15:2

I pondered this verse as Mike and I pruned thorny roses this morning. It's a tedious job that requires watchful and  severe action.  I thank God for His wisdom and lessons in pruning and I wonder about fruit. 

      "Prune in winter or early spring when plants are still dormant. Prune plants to maintain symmetrical bushes and to encourage strong new growth.  Cut back all  previous years growth as much as one-third its length.  Remove branches that cross through center and remove plants under stock (suckers).  Also prune weak , unproductive, and dead stems as needed. This will also encourage strong new growth."

Small harvest of Chocolate Mint and Lavender mixed for potpourri.  

Sunglasses recommended when going outside!

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