I love Valentine's day. That's because in my area, it's time to prune the roses!
Before I began growing roses, I knew Valentine's day as the day to plant potatoes (and some other vegetables). My father and grandfather would come in late from the fields, having planted all day long. It didn't matter if the day was warm or cold, they planted on Valentine's day.
I'm adding some new vegetable beds to my garden, so I'm going to be a little late planting my vegetables. But I've taken advantage of some of the warm days we've had lately to get a head start on pruning the roses. It's satisfying to study each individual rose and their structure. I feel I get to know my roses better every year because of it. Of course, some of my roses don't get pruned at all, some get pruned only lightly, and some I prune heavily. It depends upon the rose.
Since I know that the roses will start blooming approximately six weeks or so after pruning, Valentine's day indicates to me that it won't be long before my garden is full of blooms again! (The photos above were, of course, taken last year.)
Happy planting and pruning day! When is it time to prune the roses in your area?