Is it spring yet? As we slog through these cold, wet weeks, sometimes I wonder if the weather will ever warm up. I think we are all hoping warmer and drier days are in our near future.
Here at Humphreyville, our roses are not all pruned, so don’t worry if you are in the same boat. My wife has been slogging in the mud and rain to prune, while I continue to stay dry while working on building a new bathroom in our basement. This has proven to be a much more complicated and difficult project than anticipated, but isn’t that usually the case? It is around here, at least, along with numerous trips to the hardware and building supply store. Hopefully this project will be in the books before too long, and I can finish the “implement shed” which still needs doors. So many projects, so little time!
Recently I attended the Portland Rose Festival Board meeting. This is such a fine organization and I am looking forward to several of their events coming up in just a few weeks. I also represented the Portland Rose Society at the International Rose Test Garden for its ground-breaking ceremony for the new ADA promenade. Did you see us on the news? This year is the 100th anniversary of the garden, so please look for announcements concerning upcoming events for this celebration. I attended the Royal Rosarian membership meeting honoring past Prime Ministers, and their auction, which was very successful and fun.
I have also been busy sharpening secateurs at three pruning clinics which were held at 7 Dees Nurseries in the Portland area. We’ve had good turnouts, so hopefully our city’s roses will be in fine shape come June. Many thanks to the PRS members for volunteering at these pruning clinics.