Third budding of climbing rose
New to taking care of roses and the differences in type. Wonder what to do for the best for the plant.
Blue Moon climber in its 2nd year in our garden, has come in bud again. 3rd time this year and have about 5 flower heads.
Been giving it our comfrey tea but at this time of year when sunshine is rare and it is in a semi-shaded site, what's your opinions on what to do now? Keep the buds, keep feeding? Or give it a winter prune and reduce the feed?
We are in south west Scotland and surrounded by hills so have at least an hour less daylight than land outside the valley.
Stop feeding. Normally you shouldn't feed after mid July as any new growth doesn't have time to toughen up before winter and then, in heavy frosts, it can be damaged.
Roses can continue flowering right into December if the onset of winter is kind enough. You need to tie in any loose stems that you wish to train on the support. They don't need pruning until Feb/March except that now is a good time to remove any long, whippy stems that will be blown around in autumn gales and may cause it to loosen the roots.
Next spring, remove any dead or broken stems and any growing in a direction you don't want. Feed it with a general purpose NPK fertiliser such as pelleted chicken manure or blood, fish and bone and give it a good mulch of compost or well-rotted manure. You can then carry on the comfrey feeds until mid July.
"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
Thank you for the advice.