I pruned the Constance Spry rose hard because all of the flowers were going to be above my head. But as I am a faint-hearted gardener, sure that my clumsy pruning will kill the plant, I hedged my bets and only cut back half of the bush. The new shoots and leaves are copper coloured and look magnificent next to the peony buds. The old shoots are boring green. There is a lesson there.
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