Hi all. Would some people share with me what you do to rejuvenate Tea roses and when to take canes down to the base? I ask for the following reasons:
Baronne Henriette de Snoy was getting to be an ugly shape and unwieldy, I removed a basal cane in the hopes of getting it to make new breaks and "fill out" - it didn't, and I wonder if it ever will.
Lady Hillingdon had me scared after the Baronne Henriette experience, so I've just given her the lightest of shapings these past 7 years (this is my oldest Tea) and it has gotten uglier each year, more sparse looking, senescent wood, poor bloooming cycles. This year I finally said, "if you can't take this, you're outta here!" and pruned it very harshly. Frankly if it doesn't recover, I won't shed a tear: it was lovely from about 2005-2008, but has been ghastly ever since.
Talk to me folks...