Posted: 02/06/2015 at 21:39
Every plant, bulb or seed I buy, I try to obtain a label and bundle these together into planting schemes for the different parts of my garden. It all sounds a little OCD and it probably is, but it works for me. Knowing the cultivar can make all the difference when looking after it, in the case of a rose is a rose, is not a rose. Some like different aspects others have different pruning requirements, as with climbers and ramblers.
This year is the first chance I've ever been able to train my roses correctly, (long story very dull). Not suggesting I'm an expert but they ain't half bad, so what I did was tie in the new shoots late last summer, removing any awkward growth or what gets in the way.
Horizontal of course, fed and mulched in the spring, I tweaked any tying in also at this time, there's no law that says you can't, again removing any forward facing branches that would snag or look unsightly. I was very strict about keeping the climbers flush against the fencing.
I've never used wire for roses or clematis, but trellis for roses and chicken wire or strong mesh for clematis.
All roses will be shown in full bloom on garden picture thread very soon