Hi all, Despite the fact that I have 5 roses on my home property and a sixth one at the Community Garden, i have never studied up on how to take care of them. They all just fend for themselves. I thought this was just fine, but maybe it isn't so great. Here is Abraham Darby. I love the flowers, but he has always flopped badly. The stems aren't strong enough to hold up the blooms. Should I be pruning this guy in some way to get stronger stems? The only reason the upper blooms are not flopping is that I have staked them. If pruning will help, when is the best time to do it? Next spring? How do I do it? Next question:. This rose is Yellow Simplicity. The only pruning I have ever done is to cut out dead canes. But I really don't like it's shape. It's sticking up like it thinks it's a pool cue. Too tall for the other plants around it. So, similar question when & how do I prune it? On second thought maybe it's taking it's "cue" from the patio umbrella. Do roses "imprint themselves" on the nearest object like ducks do? Here it is again:. See it's bare legs? Maybe it thinks it's a banty rooster.