Pruning This Winter

Roses have a long and colourful history. According to fossil evidence, the rose is 35 million years old. (Not the one in your back garden, obviously, but the species!) They have been symbols of love, beauty, war, and politics. In nature, the genus Rosa has some 150 species spread throughout the Northern Hemisphere, from Alaska to Mexico and including northern Africa. But wasn't until the late eighteenth century that cultivated roses were introduced into Europe from China – and the love affair with these gorgeous plants began…. Most people are wondering at this time of year about how best to prune their roses. Let me start off by saying – hold that thought! It’s not quite time. We’ve alway

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