When we moved at the end of last summer, we discovered that the previous tenants left behind a climbing rose…
I know next to nothing about roses. This one appeared, last August, to have been fairly neglected as far as I could tell. It did not appear to be doing well.
I tried to read up on what I ought to do with it, but it was hard to tell without knowing for sure what we’ve got! There were a number of old, dead canes with no growth at all. Last fall I pruned them down to the base and left only the canes that appeared to have had some growth.
So far the “mystery rose” seems to have rebounded. This is our first spring at the new apartment, so we didn’t know what to expect from it. In addition to lots of growth at the top, there is also a lot of new growth at the bottom – and I can’t tell if it’s from the base of the original plant or if theses are “babies.”
The white trellis they’ve used for it could stand to be adjusted (it’s tilting) but it is pretty well anchored in the ground and when I tried to pull it out I hesitated for fear of disturbing or injuring the rose.
Here she is, and I hope she’ll bloom for us!
If anyone has any suggestions, I’m all ears!