Probably no more common subject could be selected to write on than this, but for all that, the pruning of Roses is far from being generally understood or rightly performed in numerous instances. I believe it would be a most difficult matter to find any one who owns a Rosebush who did not profess to know how and when to prune it - and indeed pruning is an operation which every one claims a knowledge of; but this does not prevent us from seeing many mistakes and omissions in it, - such as doing it at the wrong time, cutting off what should be left on, and leaving on what should be cut off, taking too much away, or more frequently not taking enough. In pruning fruit-trees, one can hardly be wrong in doing it any time from the fall of the leaf until the buds are swelling again; but it is different with Roses. Were they pruned in autumn like fruit-trees, a week or two of mild weather might excite the buds into growth any time during January or February, and the March winds would more than likely destroy all our dearest prospects of a Rose crop for that year. Supposing this to take place when they are not pruned, it is only the buds at the ends of the shoots that start into growth; and this does not interfere in the least with the lower buds, from which all the best blooming shoots come.

To simplify matters, we will class our Roses according to the pruning they require, and begin with.