Before we even moved into our house in late 2018, we planted bulbs — daffodils, crocuses, alliums, and hyacinth — and two climbing roses. Moving and unpacking could wait. Preparing for spring flowers was top priority. For the roses, I chose two fragrant repeat bloomers with prolific blooms. Pink New Dawn for the front and yellow Golden Gate along a fence in the back. After a year to establish themselves, both bloomed just as we settled into the new pandemic lifestyle. In contrast to the New Dawn’s flowering flush, the Golden Gate bolted to the sky with only a few blooms at the top.

New Dawn in spring 2020

New Dawn’s spring flowering flush

Golden Gate in April 2020

Golden Gate reaching towards the sky in April 2020

Golden Gate in May 2020

One of Gold Gate’s few blossoms in May 2020

Disappointed by the Golden Gates’ blooming, I waited until the winter to try to encourage more blooming the next year. I tied the rose branches to be more horizontal and pruned off excess canes that would crowd the rose in the next growing season.

New Dawn in December 2020

Structural pruning and tying of New Dawn in December of 2020

Golden Gate in December 2020

Structural pruning and tying of Golden Gate in December of 2020

Both roses have not disappointed this year with their prolific blooms. The Golden Gate is still sprouting vigorous canes from the base. Unsure what to do, I have resorted to pruning off long canes without blooms.

New Dawn in spring 2021

New Dawn’s spring flowering flush in 2021

Golden Gate in spring 2021

New Dawn in spring 2021