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honey suckle



We have many climbing roses in our garden, and roses of the brick wall may be the most stunning, I gather.  You can look at the pictures in last May here.

The best season for pruning roses has come to our area.  If they are pruned too early, they put out their buds earlier and new leaves are susceptible to be damaged by the late frost.  In addition to this, we must also start measures to prevent fungal diseases early.

Last Sunday  was a warm (highest 13 degrees Celsius) and brightly cloudy day.  We pruned and trained climbing roses of the brick wall.  We started from left side of the wall, in front of which a Lutyens bench had been placed (the design that was created by the English renowned architect Sir Edwin Lutyens over 100 years ago).  We started to remove dead, diseased or dying branches.  Then we untied all branches from the wires fixed to the wall, and trained and tied branches one by one to the wires, considering the whole balance of branches and imagining how they bloom in early summer.


Before pruning and training the left part of the wall

Before pruning and training the right part

Pruning and training Rosa 'Francois Juranville' on a stepladder

It took three hours to prune and train roses of the left half of the wall.  They include three pink roses; 'Constance Spry', 'Gertrude Jekyll' and 'Francois Juranville'.  Rosa  'Constance Spry' was planted on the left of the bench, and Rosa 'Gertrude Jekyll' on the right.  Rosa 'Francois Juranville' was trained over the wall.  You would be surrounded by scent of roses when you sit on the bench in the season of rose flowers, and you can definitely spend a splendid time there.


Looking down the brick wall at noon from the window
In the afternoon, we finished the right half of the wall.  There are four varieties of roses.  They are 'Teasing Georgia', 'Pat Austin' and 'Crown Princess Margareta', from left to right, and another one is 'Paul's Himalayan Musk' over the wall.

After pruning and training

After pruning and training roses, in addition to pruning a conifer in a container

All of the branches and leaves removed 

Next time we are planning to prune and train climbing roses on four metal arches.


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  1. Ah, Poirot! Just the names are so English. Climbing and rambling roses are so wonderful. Like me you are getting into looking forward to Spring but I'm ashamed to say it is mostly the edible garden which is enchanting me at the moment. you obviously have more beauty in your soul.

    1. We are preparing to plant potatoes in the potager now.
      We want to make the garden more ornamental and more productive.
      We are greedy, aren't we?


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