Thoughts About Pruning


Saturday, August 5, had been marked on my calendar for weeks. A lot of rosarians prune their roses 55 – 60 days before fall rose shows and as I counted back from the date of a show I want to enter, August 5 became my pruning day. This is the first year I’ve tried this; I’m in my forth year of growing roses and I still feel like a newbie, still learning the ways of “the real rosarians.”

My first step in the process was to harvest some blooms and make arrangements to share.

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After making two deliveries (and keeping an arrangement for myself!), I was back in the rose bed, pruners in hand. I did what the “real rosians” have taught me. I removed crossing center canes and dead wood, and I cut back 3 – 5 of the strong remaining canes that were the width of a Number 2 pencil.

While I was pruning I cut away plenty of buds that in a few weeks would have been beautiful flowers if left to mature. I gotta tell you, that was painful. I cheated a bit and left three flowers, knowing they would open by Monday. I cut them last night and am now enjoying them in my bedroom.

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My time in the garden often takes my thoughts to God. The Bible contains a lot of garden references, beginning with the Garden of Eden in Genesis. While I was pruning, I thought about what the Bible says on the subject. Jesus used the term as a metaphor for God’s preparing us to do His work. James 15:2 says, “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.” I did a little online reading about that verse and found this.

A few years ago I went through a really unpleasant experience at work. While I was miserable during my walk through it, I had faith (albeit a small amount of faith…perhaps the size of a mustard seed) that I was being prepared for something else. Looking back, I can see how the experience was equipping me for the job I have (and love) today.

Saturday’s gardening task reminded me that sometimes I have to sacrifice today, for a better experience down the road. And it reminded me to be trusting during times when I am being pruned.

 

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