Posted: 11/01/2015 at 13:26
Busy - I have Malvern Hills but it struggls a bit with our long, cold, wet winters. How does it do your way?
I like the look of your Phyllis Bide. One to remember for a furture garden.
Back on topic - I think any rose benefits from generous dollops of well rotted garden compost and/or manure in early spring to help it produce all the new growth that will mature and flower and, for climbers and ramblers, judicious training and tying in to keep the stems as horizontal as possible as this encourages flower power.
I have a huge Kiftsgate which flowered prolifically every year but in 2009 was almost wiped out by a freak (I hope) -32C. It has taken some years to recover its former size and flower as prolifically but now whe have it properly trained on wires on the house wall so I hope it's a bit better protected and will continue to flower in profusion.