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This is one of 3 similar old roses that I relocated in Nov 18.
Last year they generated a lot of healthy new foliage and a few flower buds most of which did not develop into full blooms.
Would appreciate any advice on whether I should prune it back further into the old wood and what I should do to assist the roses to fully recover?

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  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 9,559
    One for @Marlorena perhaps? 
  • MarlorenaMarlorena East AngliaPosts: 6,318
    Your rose is doing well... nothing much to do there, I might saw off that short central woody stem that does not appear to have any fresh growth on it, but other than that, just feed as normal March or April time... I see you have a nice new shoot coming up from the base too,... so all good !..
  • thank you @Marlorena
    It is good to get an opinion from a prolific rose person. 
    I was a little concerned that it may repeat last year's pattern and not develop buds into full blooms. I guess they need time to reestablish after being uprooted and moved?
    I have pruned back the other 2 but as yet not touched this one. You would say that any pruning of this is not necessary this year then, other than cutting back the old non shooting dead wood?
    I put a rose feed on all this last weekend, is that too early? should I repeat in a months time.
    Many thanks.
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  • @Marlorena one other thing that I would appreciate your input on, somewhere amongst this lot between the cordyline and the small Rhodi is a rose 'Claire Marshall', it is somewhat swamped by all the other stuff and i'd like to lift and move it elsewhere. 
    Normally I try to move roses in Nov but as I'm currently working on another project in this area, can I move it now?

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  • MarlorenaMarlorena East AngliaPosts: 6,318
    @owd potter 
    ...that's ok, thank you...  I would just let that rose carry on and do its thing for now, you can always prune back to shape again later in the summer after the first flush of blooms in June...  I wouldn't feed it again until June, there's no need...   February is a bit early for feeding but it's been a mild winter and things are moving along quicker than normal...
    I feel confident you will see some nice blooms on your rose this May onwards..
    best of luck,.. do keep us informed how it progresses... you have done a good job so far... 
  • MarlorenaMarlorena East AngliaPosts: 6,318
    @owd potter 
    I've just seen your 2nd post as I posted mine...  yes you can move it now, right away or soon as poss....  you've really got until late March but as I said things are moving along quickly, so best to get the job done...   prune all shoots back to about 8 inches above ground after re planting..  Claire Marshall is a nice rose indeed...
  • @Marlorena Many thanks.
    It is a lovely rose, thorny little b***** tho' and which I want to plant where it's wonderful fragrance can be better appreciated
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  • MarlorenaMarlorena East AngliaPosts: 6,318
    yes... it's rather like a floribunda version of 'Gertrude Jekyll'... in fact I would recommend Claire Marshall for anybody wanting a similar rose to Gertrude but in a much smaller stature without its lanky growth habits..
  • Oh thanks for that, 
    so it is only supposed to be a small rose then?, I'd assumed that it was because it was struggling to compete with all the surrounding undergrowth...
    presumably it would be suitable for a front of border location then?

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  • MarlorenaMarlorena East AngliaPosts: 6,318
    ..yes front of border... you shouldn't expect much more than 2 and half feet, maybe 3... I have a similar one from the same breeder called Octavia Hill but yours has more scent... lovely compact little shrubs, very easy to grow..  yours is rather lost there amongst those big shrubs.. 
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