Posted: 04/08/2014 at 10:15
Tootles, your climber doesn't need pruning in it's first year. Mdme Alfred Carrie is a rampant climber growing to 20ft or more. The most important thing you can do is wait for winter and create a frame for it with wire's Mine has a 5 metre wide climbing frame behind it and wires every 2 ft. Training it onto those wires will give you the best display in subsequent years.
This link to you tube is a great lesson for those who are learning. If you follow it you'll get it right first time.
After doing the training, usually in early spring, only minor pruning is required afterwards.
Best of luck.