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Mr Lincoln in the Garden

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A Mr. Lincoln rose. Apparently I’ve decided to turn that side of the house into a rose garden.

It surprised me too. Guess I should look up how to prune the poor things.

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Colleen Champagne

When I had a house I let my roses grow wild. They did fine and had the added bonus of appalling my mother in law.

nightsmusic
Beautiful rose! The problem with some rose species though if you let them grow wild is, as the plant dies off, it saps the energy needed to get it ready for the next year’s growth and so over the winter, they die. If you want to cut the roses, cut them above a five-leaf-group. Just above it. Cut back the brown areas on the stems that start to die back and dead-head them (cut the dying blooms off) at a five-leaf-group. They’ll stay pretty healthy every year that way provided you don’t get black rot. I have a climber that’s… Read more »
Jeff Isaak

just make sure to protect them from Aphids or black spot. RoseRX works good for that.

http://gardening.about.com/od/rose1/a/RosePruning.htm

Katie Doyle

Beautiful!
Our centennial rose bush recently, and quite suddenly, bloomed as well. Every flower on the same day in a matter of hours.
I’m surprised it survived the winter, and only hope that the lady bugs are as prolific this summer as they were last summer.