Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Deadheading for non 70s music groupies

A couple years ago I called a friend and her husband answered the phone. "Is Christi there?" I asked. "She's in the garden deadheading the roses," he responded. "Okay. I'll call back later," I said.

Deadheading the roses? I didn't know what it meant but I liked the way it sounded. He said it casually as if all of us talked that way. I remembered thinking to myself, someday I'll know what that means....but not today because I've got a lot of sewing to do.

With the sewing machine in semi-retirement, I've developed an interest in gardening and I now know the definition of deadheading. If you're a newbie gardener like me who has decided to start paying attention to her long-neglected roses and are interested in learning about deadheading...a good start is this video called "The Anatomy of a Rose." It'll help to understand the terminology that is bandied about in deadheading. (Like outward facing bud eye, bud union, five leaflet set....etc.)

Or....if you don't have roses and would just like to learn about deadheading in general on other flowering plants, here's another.


  1. Our garden guru over here (Sabrina Hahn) advocates pruning roses with a chain saw.

    ...semi-retirement and sewing machine in the same sentence - sounds like a dream come true!

  2. Well....I have considered that as an option. Roses can be a pain in the you know what. But I'm going to stick with them and see if I can repair the damage that was done by my "gardener."


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