February 6, 2014 – a thicket near the garden club plots
It had been weighing on my mind all fall and winter: pruning the grapevines at our garden. They had been let go for years and are weak.
They say that at our latitude in the US (I’m in growing zone 5b/6), you should prune in the middle of winter, sometime after President’s Day. So yesterday (February 22) the day finally came with the sun shining and slightly warmer weather, to go prune.
The grapevines are still on the fence. This is before pruning. This was taken February 6.
After pruning. You can now barely make out the grapevines growing against the fence. In summer, they bend the fence due to weight. And look! You can see the raised beds were warm enough to melt the snow. This was taken February 22.
Parts of the snow had turned to a sheet of ice.
Sun reflecting off what became a sheet of ice when the snow melted a bit.
We got all the grapevines pruned. My butterfly bush too.
You can make out just a couple of the grapevines. But in the center of the picture, on the other side of the fence, you can see the clippings on the ground. Those used to be intertwined with the fence. The dwarf butterfly bush is barely seen on this side of the fence, on the far left.
It was a great relief to have that chore done for the season.