It's quite warm today. I went outside for a while and worked out in the gardens. I cut down shoots from the sweet shrub that were coming up in the former rose garden, where the daylilies are now. I cut down wild raspberry canes in the shade garden where the ferns are.
I worked with Dad, explaining to him what roses could be pruned. Several were starting to leaf out. We pruned an English (David Austin) rose, a rugosa, Bourbons, Hybrid Perpetuals, Tea roses, and a sweet briar. Sweet briars bloom on old wood, so should be pruned after blooming, but this one was in an out-of-the-way place and had been the understock for another rose that died. We pruned the mystery pink rose. I took my eyes off Dad for a minute and he got carried away and started to lop huge canes off 'Ispahan', a summer damask that blooms on old wood. "That's dozens of flowers," I said.
"It gets me when I mow the lawn," he said. He could have waited to prune that until after it bloomed. I promised him he could prune 'Mme. Zoetmans' after it blooms. It's not that it's tall. 'Mme. Zoetmans' only gets about three feet tall. It's about four feet across, though. I told him he could prune 'Mme. Plantier' after it bloomed, too. 'Mme. Plantier' arches over. It's generally classed as an alba, with questions as to whether it's part Noisette. It's quite hardy, though.
The English rose we pruned was 'Teasing Georgia'. The Bourbons were 'Mme. Ernst Calvat', 'Mme. Isaac Pereire', 'Kronprinzessin Viktoria' and "Maggie". "Maggie" is a found Bourbon. The double quotes indicate a study name. We pruned Rosa rugosa alba, which is in a relatively small pot and only seemed to have one live cane. We pruned the Hybrid Perpetuals 'General Jacqueminot' and 'Marchioness of Londonderry'. We pruned the Tea roses 'Duchesse de Brabant' and 'Maman Cochet'. We pruned "Odee Pink", which is another found rose. It's possibly a Noisette.
One I want to take on while it's blooming is Rosa Mundi. A number of its canes have reverted back to the Red Rose of Lancaster, and I want to remove those canes. We already have three bushes of the Red Rose of Lancaster. If it wasn't on its own roots when we got it, it is now, and has sent out runners. Rosa Mundi is the central bush in a tangle of 'Maiden's Blush', Rosa Mundi and 'Mme. Legras de St. Germain'.
'Salet' reblooms, but it's very small and it looked like its biggest cane had been deer pruned, so we left that. I'm not sure if it's so small because I got it as a one-year rose, or if it's because it's in a pot or both. I don't think it's a bush that ever gets really big. That's a Moss rose. Aside from his assault on 'Ispahan', Dad left the other damasks and the albas alone. They should be done blooming by mid-June, and can be pruned then.