Posted: 03/02/2013 at 18:27
I have "A Shropshire Lad". It keeps a lot of leaves during winter, but they fall off when the new ones grow in the spring. It has a bit of black spot but I never get time to remove the leaves (big garden!) The new leaves are usually disease free if it's kept fed and watered, but late summer, when it's past it's best anyway, the black spot comes back. At the moment it's asleep anyway, wait til spring.