Posted: 07/09/2014 at 09:24
We moved into our bungalow (East Midlands) exactly 3 years ago. I have since increased the garden space to include (over and above the 2 borders that were already there) an ornamental, a herb, a fruit and a veg patch. Another small perennial border has been added recently plus the planting of ramblers and honeysuckle over a pergola. When we came here, it was obvious that the couple before us had enjoyed a neat 'garden' but didn't know anything about pruning; consequently, I've had quite the job with the ribes, physocarpus, buddleja, spirea, 4 clematis and 2 hebes but have managed to lick them into shape such that they all did exactly what they should this year! Unfortunately, I can't say the same about the 2 roses. They are still extremely leggy, despite my best efforts, and so blighted with black spot it's not funny. I do everything I should: nip off the leaves immediately one spot appears, clear the soil, spray, etc. However, vacations mean I come back to plants covered in it...and it's on the stems too. Despite the fact that they are yellow - my absolute favourite rose - should I cut my losses and take them out? I need to move my fuchsia magellanica anyway, and this would be the perfect place. He-e-e-lp!!