Posted: 11/01/2015 at 13:13
I've got a Francis E Lester too It's a beautiful rose. It was planted in spring 2013 I think. The first year we had just a very few blooms on the growth it already had, but last year it had quite a few more blooms and then made quite a bit more growth so I'm hoping for even more this year.
I know it'll take some time to make an impact, but it is growing in quite an inhospitable place (shaded both by a large tree and a wall), but I'm hoping that by regular mulching and ensuring that it doesn't dry out at the roots it will eventually make it's presence felt in the garden
I think ramblers are a longer term project than HTs and climbers, but well worth it