Yes, I know Alan Titchmarsh says don’t prune rose bushes until mid-March, but with this warm, wet weather, if I hadn’t attacked my rose bushes pdq, we were fast in danger of becoming engulfed by triffid like rose bushes, not seen since the castle got surrounded in Sleeping Beauty!!
With saw and secateurs in hand I started by taking out the dead and diseased shoots at the base of the rose bush. Next I removed any shoots that were weak and feeble, or crossing the centre of the bush and causing congestion.
Finally, with my saw at the ready, I cut back the main stems (the thickest, strongest looking ones) to about knee-high, cutting them off about 1cm above an outward facing bud.
After pruning I gave them all a good feed with David Austin‘s Slow Release Organic Based Rose Food.
I’ve just ordered two roses on special offer in the March edition of House and Garden Magazine. This month there’s also great offers to be had in The Garden Magazine published by the RHS and the David Austin website.
Happy rose pruning!