Roses… Yes. Let me get this out-of-the-way… I am oppressing them by bending them to my will, or at least I want to, even though they steadfastly refuse to do the things I will them to do by sheer power of positive thinking… I think I need a new method. >.>
In my garden I only have 2 Roses. I used to have 5… Now I only have 2. One is a very simple white Hybrid Tea. Nothing special and it does its thing every year. No worries there.
The other is, I believe, an Old Rose. It’s a kind of pinkie colour and has for the past few years been dogged by Black Spot. I started treating last year, and this year before the buds opened, with a specialist fungicide. So far, so good. No obvious breakout other than one small stem with a few spots. If it looks like it may be spreading then it will be cut off. No leaves on the floor and any dead or dying wood is totally removed.
I have been trying for a while to train it to go up on the fence. But with a history of Black Spot and losing more than a third of the plant to a breakage the plant just doesn’t seem to want to do as I want.
The plant was in the garden before I moved in, I just took to getting it up on the fence. It’s a bit of a way away from the wall than it should be, which may be an issue? But I don’t think digging it up to move it 12″ closer is a good idea. Roses hate to be moved at the best of times. This would just be silly.
It’s also a little crowded in places. I think I need to open it up a little but I’m not sure. Also… How would I go about it?
Last year was one of the best years I have had. I had a few flowers but they were not the show I was hoping for.
What I want is a fence full of blooms. I’m not bothered so much about the area below the fence. I can put in other plants down there. I also really need to get that right stem going up. I think I need to prune back a few of the side shoots so it spends more energy on growing stronger limbs.
*Sigh* I need to do more research on this one.
But at least I seem to be on top of the Black Spot problem! B-)