It was bitter cold here today, but I was determined to get outside to get everything pruned and ready for spring. Apricots, quince, grapes, roses, red and black currants and gooseberries. I was ruthless!
We always have far too many red currants so this year I decided to lop off all the branches that are too low to pick comfortably, regardless of whether they were new or old growth. Maybe in addition to easier picking, the berries will be even bigger!
Some of my pruning methods are still by guess and by golly, but everything looks so trim and spare right now. Hard to believe that by the middle of the summer, the rose canes will be up and over the arbor and – with any luck – I will be loaded with ripening apricots and quinces.