Pinkie, Climbing...what a pleasure!

sherryocalaOctober 23, 2011

Well, I finally bit the bullet and got her vertical last weekend. I was amazed by the flexibility of her canes. After I pulled her up and close to the trellis I had to detangle her and pull canes through and out of the mass. Usually at this point some will bend/crimp and break (I'm not always as gentle as I should be - no wait, I think I'm being gentle right up until they snap.) Pinkie's canes would flex double on themselves and not crimp. I think I only snapped one which was brand new growth and only lost 3 or 4 inches of the tip. Also, my method was often to pull a cane out of the mass and let it run through my hand - sans gloves!!! No prickles!! I found (ouch) only a very few tiny ones. I was pleasantly surprised by the ease with which this job was accomplished.

Here she is out of control nine days ago on the 14th. One cane had grown THROUGH the light fixture. Chop, chop.

And today after her makeover on the 15th.

I think she's headed for the light fixture again! The plan is to raise the height of the foliage higher so it can plume over the heads of passersby rather than slap them in the face.


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Very nice, Sherry! I LOVE this rose, think she and Belinda's Dream are probably my favorites to grow. I do need to do something with Pinkie by next spring, a slight haircut, and get her organized like you did, maybe.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2011 at 4:58PM
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Thank you Sherry, that is exactly what i need to do with my climbing pinkie.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2011 at 5:11PM
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ingrid_vc so. CA zone 9

Excellent job, Sherry! All I want to know is why MINE has thorns. It also doesn't bloom much because it doesn't get enough sun. I'm growing it as a giant bush and even just having it be mostly green it not a bad thing.


    Bookmark   October 23, 2011 at 10:06PM
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Ogrose & Ibheri, after the cutting was done I had only a very little pile, mostly that big cluster of canes by the light fixture and little stuff growing low on the canes. Maybe she'll only need a trim.

Ingrid, mine hasn't bloomed much either in lots of sun. Maybe their young age is the issue. Like I said, I caught myself doing stupid things with a rose cane without getting stuck. Pretty amazing. I could work with this rose all day. I forget where the thorns were that stuck me, but they were rare. Mostly green is definitely a good thing.


Here is a link that might be useful: If only sweat were irrigation...

    Bookmark   October 23, 2011 at 10:17PM
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Mine is growing on my 6' chain link fence, is 3 years old, about 10' wide and covers the 6' fence. Got this rose from ARE in September, by October it was blooming, has been great! I'm not having the fall flush I normally get this year, but couldn't ask for a better rose as far as blooms go, and really no problems at all!

    Bookmark   October 24, 2011 at 12:23AM
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Mendocino_Rose(z8 N CA.)

Very nice Sherry. I really like Pinky too.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2011 at 9:54AM
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