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Hard Pruning Roses in February 2020 - when?

I'm still waiting for the period 'after the frosts' before hard pruning my roses; but we haven't had any frost here in Norfolk (20 miles from the coast) for weeks, just rain, rain. New growth is shooting; one rose is still flowering; and I found greenfly feeding on the new tips of a climber which is trained up a south facing trellis. 
Shall I 'go for it'? If I do, I risk a change in the weather pattern - we had snow here in March 2018 - that might frost damage the shortened stems. 
what would you do?

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  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 15,273
    I would prune them. Pruning time is Feb/March. There are usually frosts in February and March but doesn't mean you can't prune them. Just don't do it when they are covered in frost. They will make more new growth when proper spring arrives.
    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 66,119
    I’d prune them now ... with any luck that’ll trigger a nice hard frost to kill the greenfly 🤣 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







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