Posted: 21/07/2015 at 08:16
shoecake, don't give up on the roses. I took over a very old leggy rose when we moved into our present house and in Spring cut it right down to about 2 inches (thought either it survives or it doesn't, nothing to loose). To my surprise, up came several new stems and now, 15 years on, it flowers beautifully every year. I do prune it every Spring now though, but only to about 6 inches.