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At last we have had some sun, so I had no excuse not to tackle my very overgrown border. I needed to have a good clear out and get rid of those plants (weeds) that had grown rampant over the last month.

I cut back my standard rose from Dave Austin, which was growing out of control. You can lightly prune roses in the summer, especially if they are producing vigorous growth. It had finished flowering and new shoots showed no sign of new flower buds so they  needed to cutting back (below).

My climbing rose, ‘Tess of the d’Urbervilles’ has succumbed to rust, I have never had it before and I am putting it down to the wet weather over the last month. I garden organically, so my care for this rose is to prune out infected stems (below) and replenish the soil around the climber.

This weekend I am going to tackle the veg patch, I wonder what delights and disasters I will find!