This must have been the first pruning day of the year that it was warm enough without a jacket. Tackling the climber somehow doesn’t seem so daunting with the sun on one’s back. Mme Alfred Carriere has put on some amazing growth through the season,
so the first job was to take her off the wires and establish which main stems to keep. Having sorted the framework it was then a case of cutting all the laterals off the main stem to 2 – 3 buds from the base. These will be the flowering stems in June.
Kudu, not to be left out, seems immune to the thorns.
Finally all that’s required is to tie the main stems back on to the wire and feed with a good handful of Vitax Q4, some well rotted manure and roll on June!