RAMBLING roses which only flower once, such as Rosa Albertine,
can be pruned and trained now.
The easiest way to prune a
rambling rose is to untie the rose from its climbing structure.
Remove all diseased, damaged weak growths, also remove all old
flowering steams back to ground level.
Select the healthy new
growths and tie them back to the climbing structure.
Clematis that you may have growing through climbing roses may
also be cut back now.
As you prune and retrain climbing
plants, repair any obvious damage to pergolas, posts, fences and
training wires. These must be strong enough to carry the full
weight of your plants and the blast from high wind and heavy
Take full advantage of any fair days. The clean up
around the garden should be in full swing, collecting leaves,
pruning roses and carry out urgent structural repairs.
is nature's time for planting, so you can plant up any vacant
areas in the borders with shrubs, herbaceous plants or spring
Trees, if planted now and staked well, will have time
to settle before the winter and will be ready for an early start
Prepare ground now for planting bare root roses in
December or January. This will allow the frost, wind and rain to
reduce the rough surface of the turned sod to a good workable
texture by planting time.
A lot of garden roses produce rose
hips and when left pruned they can make elegant displays in the
mixed border. The summer bloom roses carry are dramatic enough
but in November the large red hips contrast with the sharp
yellow autumn tints of Rosa Rugosa, making a most spectacular