Mrs McGregor’s Roses

climbing rosesMrs McGregor loves her roses, like most English people,  so I have been busy in the garden training them up our Toulouse planter.  We have picked a great climbing rose ‘Golden Gate’, which offers magnificent yellow blooms. I love yellow flowers in summer; it instantly gives your garden a burst of fresh colour. The great thing about the Golden Gate climbing rose is that they are borne in robust clusters, and throughout summer you can see this repeated; you get two blooms for the price of one.

 One thing that I know quite a few gardeners get worked up about, especially my next door neighbour, is that when they train their roses, all the blooms are at the top. It is a very common mistake to make; back when I first started I repeatedly did this! However, now I have realised it is a simple case of training them in the wrong direction; don’t train them straight up, but train them horizontally.

I have put together I little guide below for any first time trainers, which hopefully you will find useful:

How to train your climbing rose

1.       Train the cane horizontally or at a 45° angle, this way you can go back and forth across the trellis. This will ensure you have laterals with buds around the whole surface area.

2.       With your main cane go back and forth across the trellis, snaking them over each other.

3.       Make sure your put your trellis up at the same time you train your rose; this way when your canes are growing and when they are young and pliable it is easier for you to train.

4.        With shorter canes, tie them to the bottom of the trellis, so the whole surface area is covered.


If you have an older rose that you want to train and the canes aren’t flexible enough, bend them as much as you can and tie them to the trellis. Wait about four to five weeks and you will find you can bend them a little bit more.

Other ways to train your rose

Using the same concept that I have detailed above, you can also use half of the rose to cover the top of the trellis and the other half to cover the bottom. I recently did this for my mother’s rose and it worked a treat.

Simply take the longer canes take them up the trellis vertically then begin to spiral the cane back and forth around the top area. With the rest of the rose you can spiral it around the bottom of the structure. This can also be accomplished with two garden roses, which I think is a better way to get the effect and less hassle.

Good luck and let me know how you get on,

Mr McGregor


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