Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Rosa banksiae 'Lutea'

The last of the climbing roses was given a light cut today rather than a hard prune, which we have done to all our other climbing roses. Rosa banksiae 'Lutea' is unlike our other climbing roses as it flowers on last years growth, so to cut it now would remove all the flowers. (Now we know why we have had very few flowers over the last two years.) It is a very vigorous, thornless, climber that is best trained on a fence or wall. It has small, double, pale yellow flowers which are slightly fragrant and will flower through May, giving a beautiful display with the blue Wisteria on the adjacent walls. We will now be pruning this rose in June, but before that, we still have all the fruit trees in the orchard and roses in the Provost's Garden to prune.

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