Decision Made

A rose bush I bought many years ago was mislabeled and turned out to be a climbing rose.  As I did plant it under a Bottle Brush tree, it took full advantage and made its way to the top.

I had been debating on whether or not to cut it back as it is probably stressing the tree. A recent windy thunderstorm made the decision for me and knocked the long cane from the tree.

I haven’t cut it back yet, as I’m enjoying the roses dripping down from the tree and the pollinators like the winter treat.

19 Comments on “Decision Made”

  1. shoreacres says:

    Those are beautiful roses. And it’s good not to cut them back yet. The traditional Valentine’s Day ought to be just fine — especially after I saw the forecast for the real cold that’s coming our way.

  2. Deb says:

    All the petals on the ground are pretty also.

  3. tonytomeo says:

    Even climbing roses should be cut back in winter. Does it get a winter there? It still looks quite active.

    • I never cut it. It has even spread and made new “bushes”. I am not a neat gardener and let things grow until they become a problem. I find I am most interested in seeing how things grow.

      • tonytomeo says:

        Well, at least it is reliable. Many roses would bloom less as they get overgrown. Some of those old types are nice where they can be allowed to go wild. Years ago, I got two very old roses that I had intended to put out in part of the forest where they could climb up into the underbrush and do whatever they wanted outside of the landscaped area. I probably would have cut them down every once in a while, but it would not have bee a priority. Unlike the modern roses in the garden, they would have continued to bloom even as they got overgrown. (The concept does not appeal to me so much now.)

  4. tonytomeo says:

    I know this is a long shot, but could the rose be the ‘Doctor Huey’ understock of the rose that you actually purchases? It could have overgrown the scion. ‘Doctory Huey’ can get quite large and weedy, and the flowers look something like that. The flowers are typically darker red, and I believe that they bloom only once in spring or early summer, but I really do not remember. I have seen them blooming in autumn and even in the beginning of winter.

  5. Sheryl says:

    The picture with the petals on the ground is absolutely wonderful. Somehow it give the picture a particularly artistic flare.

  6. If you love it, I would keep it, and keep both well nourished. The rose can be hacked back if it gets too crazy…I always kept my climbers tamed.

    • I’m just cutting one cane. This is a very happy rose and I’m not worried about it. It was fun to watch it climb to the top of the tree. I just wish I had known it was a climber before I planted it.

  7. Tina says:

    It’s a beautiful rose. I’m glad you’re waiting to prune and I’m sure your pollinators are too.

  8. Laurin Lindsey says:

    Looks like a happy accident! I love ARE.

  9. Upright or dripping, those rose look pretty!

  10. Misti says:

    What a gorgeous rose! I wish I could grow roses but the deer would have a field day.

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