1 HOUR to make a dif­fer­ence

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If time is short, fo­cus on one sat­is­fy­ing task – and the rest of the gar­den can wait

Over­grown climb­ing roses rarely put on a good show, so set to with sharp se­ca­teurs and twine. Young stems are what is needed for in­creased flow­er­ing, so leave up to six of these. Cut back some older, wood­ier growth right down to the ground and chop out any­thing that is dead, dy­ing, dam­aged or dis­eased. Shorten side shoots to two or three buds on the branches you have left and then, fi­nally, fan out the stems and tie them in to their sup­port. Pull them to­wards hor­i­zon­tal and, come sum­mer, they will re­ward you with new growth all the way along.

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