Hi there. *waves* I'm Hastur and I'm brand new to rose growing.
In an attempt to bring more bees to my yard, I decided to try my hand at some antique roses. I am now the proud owner of two Dame Decour (I probably mangled the spelling there), one Don Juan, and one Green Rose. All of them have been transplanted from their pots to their homes in the ground, and they are blooming already so at least something is going right.
I chose these because my understanding is that they are hardy, will grow, and are not "fussy". I'm a vegetable gardener, normally, and have only recently started seeing flowers as 'useful' so I wanted things that are easy.
I've gone through and read every post that made any amount of sense to me, and I've been reading everything I can online, and I now have a couple of questions that are probably obvious to you guys, but not to me.
1) I want to pick the flowers, so that I can dry the petals to use in - well, something. Is there a place on the plant that I should pick them/cut them so that the plant will continue to bloom, and I won't hurt it?
If these were the wild roses that used to grow in Maine, I would snip off one or two flowers per plant, and let the rest go nuts, but this is different. I want to encourage the wee plants to grow into the monsters that I am hoping for.
2) I've seen all kinds of gorgeous pictures about training the climber, and I have a trellis in behind the Don Juan. However, I cannot see if I have to tie the vines to the trellis (like I would for a tomato), or if the vines will just wrap themselves (like a cucumber or pole bean). Would someone please be so kind as to let me know which one?
Thank you very much for the time and attention to these inordinately newbie questions.