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Thinking about removing this rose

This rose popped up a few years ago after the fence was removed and replaced. I think it might have originally been planted on the neighbor's side and cut down to the ground when the fence was redone but I'm not sure. I don't know what kind of rose it is. Very pale pink flowers but it's not very prolific.

Anyway, I decided to try and train it on some wires to see how it would look and it has been a little underwhelming. I'm thinking about removing it so I can use the space to grow something else, perhaps runner beans or a less prickly climber (Clematis?). I don't seem to have a photo of it flowering last year but there is one from a couple of years ago when the entire garden was totally neglected because I was working away and only visiting the house once a month.

Anyone think it would a mistake to get rid of it?


  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 7,943
    I can't see it close enough but it looks like common dog rose rootstock to me, that's grown up where another rose may have been at one time..

    If you don't require it, and not many people would, just get rid of it..
    East Anglia, England
  • ManderMander Posts: 335
    I don't seem to have any decent photos of it flowering but it would make sense if it was root stock for a better looking rose that was cut down too far. Roses are not my favourites anyway so it might have to go.
  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601
    If you lived in the country and had a long native hedge, nothing in the world is more lovely than dog rose and honeysuckle twining round, flowering and fruiting. In a domestic garden it probably isn't earning its keep and if it doesn't charm you, you might as well dig it out.
  • ManderMander Posts: 335
    Yes, it would be nice somewhere else but I think this space could be better used for vegetables since I don't have a lot of room.
  • ...Mind you it will have appreciated all the attention you lavished on it :smiley:
  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601
    I must admit, I'd have a rose any day, over a vegetable. 
  • ManderMander Posts: 335
    Posy said:
    I must admit, I'd have a rose any day, over a vegetable. 
    Haha, I'm exactly the opposite! I have these daydreams of growing enough vegetables to sustain us all summer even though I only have a tiny area that's suitable for it (the rest of the garden is paved). And I'm not that keen on roses in any case.

    I do have a better behaved dog rose in the front garden so I'm not entirely without roses.

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