When I got home this evening there was still a bit of light so I decided to start the pruning process for my rose bushes.
In the first stage of pruning I cut back the longest canes and get the bush down to a manageable volume.
Here is my Mr. Lincoln rose bush which I planted earlier this year. You can see that it had a lot of growth this year. See Mister Lincoln Rose II for what it looked like when I planted it earlier this year.
The first stage does not require you to easily see what you are doing which was good since it was getting dark. I was able to finish the first stage, but will need to pick up all the cuttings tomorrow when I can see what I am doing.
Next up is the second stage where I do the detail pruning. In this stage I cut out all the dead wood and also thin out the base of the rose bush.
Stage three will be done in late January where I further prune the rose once it starts to grow leaves.