Will Cecile Brünner kill La Doyenne du Comice?

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  1. Howard Stone

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    As you will see Cecile Brünner is really thriving in my garden and she's started to invade the big pear tree. I like the effect but I'm wondering if I should nip it in the bud -- will she completely smother the tree?
     

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      Looks great but anything that grown in a tree will rob light and create more weight on the branches and stops the air cirulating easily any chan chance you can prune the rose a 1/4 out each year I would also feed the pear tree xtra food in the spring , blood fish and bone would be ideal just to help it cope more ...

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      I don't dare use blood fish and bone because every fox in the neighbourhood will come and have a party every night in my garden.
       
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      I don't know the answer but popped in to announce that the "Best Thread Title of the Month" award goes to.... "
      Will Cecile Brünner kill La Doyenne du Comice?
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      Whatever Cecile intends to do it looks absolutely stunning. :blue thumb:
       
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        As @Spruce says, some judicious pruning may be in order. :)
         
      • Howard Stone

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        When to prune?

        (I’m very tempted to just take it all out of the tree, even though it would look amazing in two or three years if I left it. The idea of pruning a rose at the top of that pear tree every year gives me the heeby jeebies - I’d have to call someone in with a triple ladder.)
         
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        It's interesting how everyone seems totally relaxed about growing roses through trees on the internet -- I can't find any advice about pruning it, or it being a danger to the tree. Graham Stewart Thomas is equally cool, saying "Those ramblers which are given trees and hedgerows as supports are best left to themselves . . . "

        Anyway Cecile is turning into such a glorious plant that I'll give her a long leash, as they say. But if anyone has had any experience of this, please say!

        (Today the wind has blown most of the petals off, it's like there's been a wedding with confetti in the garden!)
         
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