I love roses, Melinda. But they are so fragile and I never remember to severely cut them back before the spring, and then they grow long and stringy! Particularly like the yellow ones as they are quite fragrant. I have a Big Purple in a container (which I'm ashamed to say I've neglected...) * blush *
Thx for the tips with the milk / water ratio for blackspot. As for aphids, ladybirds are very fond of them :p
I've been trying to write about our roses but it's probably easier for me to post some pics as the bloom.
My icebergs are in bloom. I moved the framework around this spring to ensure they get the best of the light (they grow directly beneath my neighbours sycamores), so the blooms are slightly facing the wrong way!
No idea of this climber's name, but it has responded very well to some TLC since being butchered!