When we decimated the ivy growing up the apple tree, we found the remnants of what must be a very old rose. There were 2 eight feet tall vertical runners with just a few leaves on top where it had reached the light; these were growing from a stump with four or five main branches off it. The stump (which is probably10 inches in diameter) had been ground down AND burned at some stage. Anyway, I cut the long runners off and now have this:-
Sorry this is on its side, I don't know why. The picture does not show its thorns in full glory, suffice it to say that you need full body armour to go anywhere near it. My romantic notion that a bit of cutting back would produce something lovely was clearly flawed. So my questions are - do you think it will produce any sort of flowers at all, and is there any way of rescuing it? If not, how on earth am I going to get rid of it - it is frankly lethal and clearly somebody had gone to great lengths to try and murder it previously, so it's obviously a survivor and resentful to boot!