As a gardener with a decent collection of roses and two rambunctious grapes, I have created for myself an annual 'Rite of Spring' wherein I am required to put a goodly amount of time in to pruning back shrubby plants.
I have other perennial shrubs which require attention, but it is the roses and the grapes which demand it.
The pruning will require several days of cutting back thorny roses to nubbins of what they are now. Some with shoots over eight feet will be cut back to knee high. All the prunings will have to be reduced in size to fit in to the yard debris cans, which is actually most of the work invovled.
After the roses comes the grapes. Now, there are only two and they have no thorns. But. Untamed grapes, which is what I have, can become pestilential. Mine can grow to cover the canopy of the three camellias and a rhododendron which populate the back corner of my urban lot. That's 15-20 up and an approximate radius of some 40 feet, almost all of which needs to be removed. Much of that is 'attached' to the underlying foliage by the tendrils of the grape vine.
Pruning is the greatest amount of punctuated work I am required to put in to my garden as part of my annual routine.
Everything has begun to burst into flower at Castle JoeP! Well nearly everything. The buddleja that I pruned a few weeks ago has not done much yet. The hydrangea that had no sign of life at all has burst into leaf, so I've pruned off dead heads.