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Old 23-05-2008, 12:16 AM
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I have a climbing rose over an arch in our newly aquired garden, think it might be 'high hopes'??

It is very leggy and does not look very happy. I understand from neighbour it is about 5 years old. Any ideas how to help it along - I'm a total rose novice - never had/grown before.

Soil verges on acid. Windy site. 18" soil then rock.
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I have a climbing rose over an arch in our newly aquired garden, think it might be 'high hopes'??

It is very leggy and does not look very happy. I understand from neighbour it is about 5 years old. Any ideas how to help it along - I'm a total rose novice - never had/grown before.

Soil verges on acid. Windy site. 18" soil then rock.
Roses like lots of food and a neutral soil, and prefer clay to light soil.

Feed it with a rose food, mulch strongly with rotted manure, foliar feed, and remove dead roses. Investigate pruning it in the spring.
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Roses like lots of food and a neutral soil, and prefer clay to light soil.

Feed it with a rose food, mulch strongly with rotted manure, foliar feed, and remove dead roses. Investigate pruning it in the spring.
Thanks - have fed it and used well rotted horse manure - looking a bit better. Soil is definately acid so don't know if this is part of the problem.

It has flowered and is a fragrant pale pink so looking up books high hopes may be correct. I'll cut back in spring and see how it comes.
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