Posted: 03/02/2013 at 16:06
I once had a beautiful climbing rose (Shropshire Lad),purchased for me from the Hampton Court Flower Show 2 years ago. I did all the right things when planting it and it duly flowered last year. However, towards the end of the year - before frosts, the leaves showed signs of 'black spot'. I cut off all the offending leaves and kept up a continuous clearing up operation around the base of the rose and disposed of them properly. I now have a completey bare rose - no leaves whatsoever. Can anyone advise me as to whether it's 'curtains' for what was once a thriving,healthy plant.