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This is to do with roses - can anyone who is reading this please help. I saw on 31st January gardening section of the Daily Telegraph about a rose that has quite thick red stems and is rather architectural - apparently looks lovely when the sun is shining through it. There was a special offer which I was going to apply for, but to my horror, the section seems to have found it's way onto the fire!!!! Please does anyone know the name of this rose, or do you still have a copy of the 31st Gardening Section of the DT to tell me the phone number and promotion number so I can get one. I am trying all avenues!!!!! Thank you Christine


  • this rose was Rosa sericea subsp. omeiensis f. pteracantha, sometimes known as Rosa pteracantha (winged thorn rose)

    1rose - 14.95 or 2 for24.90
    call 0870 950 5926
    quote ref. TL634
    or Make cheque payable to Telegraph Garden and send to
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  • Hi,

    I'm a bit new to this - we moved into our first house in 2005 and it was a building site outside. So, we start from scratch and we're fairly clueless!! Anyway, please could someone advise how you effectively prune a climbing rose. I don't know whether to cut it back hard or just trim the tops, do I have to worry about the bud direction....... I'm confused! Any help greatly appreciated


  • Please could someone help me, again its aboout roses. Have some hybrid-t roses, they are 13 years old, they are not looking very healthy,even though i have pruned all dead wood away. Am i too late to prune all down to about a few feet from the ground? If so would they flower this year. Or should i dig them up and plant new ones. How long can roses last ? Thanks a million to anyone who can help.
  • I have a free standing rose/ hip over 6 foot and begining to arch on its own do I prune it back to ground level
  • Although I have quiet a few roses,I have to admitt to being useless at pruning, but I have won many prizes with my Roses at the two local Clubs, don't ask me why these beautiful flowers continue to do their best for me at the flower shows.
  • I have a very old climbing rose with a thick woody stem. There are no leaves or flowers below five feet from the ground. Can i prune it and if so, how?
  • Reply to Blossom - try pruning during winter (from November until February). However, new shoots may not always develop from very old woody stems. Depending on how many thick woody stems it has, it could be worth pruning in stages over a couple of years, pruning some stems back hard this winter and the remaining ones next. Your aim is to encourage new growth to develop from the base of the rose, or from the base of these old stems.

    Tying stems down towards the horizontal rather than letting them grow vertically is also recommended. In this way side shoots develop along the length of the stem to provide far more shoots, which in turn carry more flowers.
  • I have a climbing rose "Golden Showers" with 3 main stems and a dozon or more thin spindly stems. The flowers are all at the top on these spindly shoots. How should I prune for flowers lower down?
    I also have black spot and as I dont like using chemicals should I dig it up and put a new rose there or is the desease in the ground?
  • I have a shrub rose which has lovely rosehips but is now making long growth. I would like to keep rosehips so when should I prune and how.
  • Besel: enjoy the rose hips, and let wildlife enjoy them too, as they'll certainly be eaten by birds. Shrub roses can be pruned during winter (but before March) to remove a proportion of teh very oldest woody stems and make space for new shoots.
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