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Strand Theory continues to be a lively fun discourse. Whether you believe one goes after one’s hedge’s or not in direct relationship to their personality I stand vindicated on this topic. Control issues aside hold your horses on pruning too early! The goose girl’s are frozen stiff as you see and are peaking out to see if there is any end in sight!

It's Too Deep, I Can't Waddle Through
It's Too Deep, I Can't Waddle Through

This week in Dallas the ice started falling Monday night and continued all that night layer upon layer. We have not seen temperatures out of the 20’s since Monday night.

Martha in Salem WI, Storm 0f 2011
Martha in Salem WI, Storm 0f 2011

It’s cheating a little I tossed in a picture of my sister-in-law shoveling snow in Salem Wisconsin. We don’t shovel snow in Dallas we wait for it to melt.  So on Thursday, it started snowing on top of the ice layers and we had to import snow plows from West Texas to try and clear the roads. This is all occurring the week Dallas is gearing up for the Super Bowl. I know many of you have seen football games televised from Cowboy Stadium  http://cowboystadium.com/

Beautification is Hard Work- Ella After Her Trim
Beautification is Hard Work- Ella After Her Trim

Until you see it in person you cannot imagine the structure. When I toured the stadium the tour guide informed us Cowboy Stadium is the largest domed stadium in the world, has the world’s largest column-free interior and the largest high definition video screen which hangs from 20 yard line to 20 yard line and cost more than the old Cowboy Stadium they replaced! It seats 100,000 people. Can you imagine bringing in 100,000 people with this weather and the airports closed much of the week? This number does not include the world media, and the shear volumes it must take to feed, house & entertain this number of visitors.

Hybrid Tea Rosie O'Donnell Fading
Hybrid Tea Rosie O'Donnell Fading

I also thought you would love to see the various stages of the hybrid tea Rosie O’Donnell that I took shots of Christmas Eve, New Years Day as that magnificent bloom began to fade.

This has been your Super Bowl weather update live from Gaga’s Garden in Plano. Hold off on your pruning. 🙂

Strand Theory

Ella Reads Bye Bye Diapers Waiting Patiently for a Trim
Ella Reads Bye Bye Diapers Waiting Patiently for a Trim

Strand Theory is this: I purport that there is a distinct relationship between the way one approaches pruning their bushes and an emotional attachment to the very strands of hair on one’s head. This is not junk science folks.  I shall set about to prove my theory with actual case studies. You may be shocked, if not shocked amused. I shall provide further substantiation to this discourse to trimming said locks and giving the bushes a healthy whack with the hedge trimmers. For those of you too young to remember

80's Michael
80’s Michael

 

Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical defined an age that sparked much comment and controversy. It opened off-Broadway October of 1967, and on Broadway in April of 1968 and ran for 1,750 performances! Some of the songs from its score became Top 10 hits and a feature film adaptation was released in 1979. A Broadway revival opened March 31, 2009 earning strong reviews and winning the Tony Award and Drama Desk award for best revival musical. In 2008 Time magazine wrote “Hair seems, if anything, more daring than ever.”

Crepe Myrtle Pruned Severely
Crepe Myrtle Pruned Severely

“Where are you going with this Gaga?” We are going to talk about pruning and how our emotions are related to how we approach pruning. Folks with serious control issues put a big hurt on their bushes, there I’ve said it.  Here’s an example of a crepe myrtle murder right next to this paragraph and a link explaining how severe pruning can seriously harm the life of your plant. We are going to talk about pruning and moderation in all things. It’s almost spring and I am under an obligation to urge restraint or at best moderation.

The Grumpy Gardener, Steve Bender has the best article on pruning Crepe Myrtles I’ve found in his article called Crepe Myrtle Pruning Step-By Step published online by Southern Living. This is the way to go about the correct way to prune these beautiful hard wood “trees” so they will flourish.

Pruning a Hybrid Tea Rose Bush
Pruning a Hybrid Tea Rose Bush

When I moved to Texas I was informed the last hard freeze was President’s Day.

What an expensive lesson. I pruned all 200 roses around President’s Day, planted 19 new bushes and left on a trip to CA in early March. I returned to something I have never seen before. Temperatures had dropped to 8 degrees with a northeast wind. The new spring leaves on the NE side of all the trees had frozen and died. I lost all 19 new bushes. and all the new growth on the older bushes had frozen on the canes and rotted. It’s the only year in all my years of rose growing I had to re-prune all 200 bushes.

Beauty Knows No Pain & is Rewarded with a Sucker
Beauty Knows No Pain & is Rewarded with a Sucker

I have learned there is more to that quote my mother used to say “beauty knows no pain,” and waiting patiently has its rewards. Pruning roses in Chicago was easy. The canes usually had to be pruned back fairly hard. In Texas you have the choice of pruning moderately and boy do we have dialog about pruning. But I can tell you there are witnesses to pruning wars around here about whether to prune light, moderate or severe. I usually choose moderate pruning. And I wait now until the last possible chance of a drastic hard freeze can come through. I promised to prove my theory so here goes.

Gaga & Bonica Shrub Roses Spring Bloom
Gaga & Bonica Shrub Roses Spring Bloom

Life long friend Nancy confirms my theory about pruning her bushes as therapy. When she feels like she wants to take control she gets the hedge trimmers and “gets after” her bushes. Please reference this very blog ‘Haunted By The Ghosts of Plants You’ve Killed With Kindness” http://www.gagasgarden.com/?p=146

Scary Abused Rosa Radrazz Victim
Scary Abused Rosa Radrazz Victim

The offender in the above referenced post is an accountant. Now this lovely well intentioned lady not only ripped this rose bush out of the ground and pruned it she just decided to start trimming the roots. Lovely readers, I don’t have any credentials as a psychologist but do you see a pattern here? Any thoughts of control issues, maybe?

70's Gaga
70’s Gaga

Imagine how giddy I was to see these lyrics from Hair? lol

They’ll be ga ga at the go go
When they see me in my toga
My toga made of blond
Brilliantined
Biblical hair

My hair like Jesus wore it
Hallelujah I adore it

70s Martha
70s Martha