Winter’s end is less than 25 days away. One of my end-of-winter traditions involves pruning my rose bushes and shrub trees. This year with the warm weather, I already had beautiful purple flowers on my trees. The roses had tiny buds. It was a beautiful afternoon; the temperature soared close to 70 degrees.
Dead parts of the rose bushes needed to go; the same with the trees. These parts would sap the plants’ energy, and they would not bud as prettily later in the spring if we left the dead and unfruitful parts. Pruning helps plants grow more resiliently in the spring. It is a necessary thing. God’s pruning of us is necessary is also necessary.
As John 15:1-2 explains:
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.
He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit,
while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.”
Our pruning now complete, we may get snow this weekend or the first of the week. The weatherman also projected that March temperatures will be below average.
I laugh at the irony, but my rose bushes with tiny buds and flowering trees could be in jeopardy because winter may return. I look forward to the potential snow and hope we get a dusting to a couple of inches. If it does snow, I don’t know how much of it will stick. More than eight days of rains saturated the ground here.
Anyone gardeners out there? What happens if winter returns with a vengeance? Will my bushes be okay even though I pruned them?
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