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imageimageimageimageimageThis Rose (name unknown) has a mass of beautiful blooms in June and again in August but as the first two photos show, it grows way above the top of the pergola by two or more feet. This makes it impossible to dead head some of it. We always mean to pull the stems inside but rarely remember until its too late so as a solution we put netting over the top thinking that the flowers would be above us but we could see them.i.e. they would grow inside the netting.

That didnt happen :(  Only a few appeared so the solution was a failure. Sunshine/rain/air were not restricted.

The 4th photo shows what we now look at. Its not pretty.

So, question is, what would you do to keep the roses in view and dead headable?

The last photo shows another Rose which blooms in June/July. Its never been cut back. Is it possibly to do it at this stage do you think?


  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,099

    You need to do some renovation pruning to make fresh stems that will produce flowers lower down where you can get at them.

    The RHS has good advice on pruning climbers - scroll down for renovation advice.

    Maybe invest in a good step ladder?

    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,739

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • WhippetWhippet Posts: 138

    Thankyou both for the links.

    Planting  a smaller rose might be a possibility.

    I'll re read the RHS pruning instructions a few times before touching anything! :}  

    We do have a good stepladder, it's just that the top struts go all the way to the wall so actually getting 'in' is a problem :)

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