Everything is blooming a bit later this season due to the long, hard winter we experienced here in the Ottawa area of Canada, but there is still lots of color this June.
The first clematis bloom has arrived, with many more to come on the six vines I have throughout my gardens. The lilacs are just about done. They are the late blooming variety, later than most lilacs. We pruned them back hard this spring as they were growing sideways due to the overgrown apple trees beside them. The pruning did not affect the blooms, probably because they are a late blooming variety.
The general rule of thumb for pruning flowering shrubs is:
- if it blooms before June, wait until after blooming to prune
- if it blooms after June, prune in early spring
Missing this June are the many roses usually in bloom. Four of my roses did not survive the winter, so will have to be replaced. The ones that did not survive are planted in front of the brick wall of our garage. The snow melts first in this area, and the bed is under an overhang, so with the many freeze and thaw cycles (mostly freeze) we experienced, the roses were often exposed to the cold without the insulation of snow. I tried to shovel snow on them from other areas of the yard as it melted from the rose bed, but to no avail. I have a few other roses planted elsewhere in my gardens that survived, but the blooms are still in bud phase.