Can anyone help me? I have a real problem and I’m not sure what to do.
I have a Rose in my front garden that grows onto the fence because I liked the idea of using it as a trellis to support the stems. It used to be much bigger with another stem to the right. That one had an issue and died in 2010 when we had the bad winter.
My problem is that it really needs a prune back to the strongest stems to get rid of dead, crossed and spindly growth and generally give it a bit of a refresh, but it’s already bursting in places. *sigh*
I also need to move the base a little closer to the wall but I think its FAR too late. The plant is long too established for that.
Can I risk pruning it now if we do actually get a few hard frosts?
Some parts are only budding so I should be ok if I prune back and keep a few of these. But can I do it now? Here in the UK we have had a ludicrously mild winter but will it continue like this into spring?
I only know the absolute basics of rose pruning and my google-fu is failing me. The only time frames I can get for Rose pruning is ‘Spring’…. >.>