I hired a new gardener 6 months ago but I question his services, specifically the care of my roses. Last fall he kept them nice and trip at about 18" tall. In late January he severely cut them back to where the twigs were 4" - 6" inches at the most. From there it took about 4 or 5 months to come in and start blooming. My roses were looking great, however not as full as last year, and about half the height and fullness. However they were blooming and we had tons of white roses.
Unfortunately only enjoyed them for 5 weeks before I came home to find all my roses cut back again to about half the size and not a single rose left. I know the rule of thumb is not to trim more than 1/3 of the plant size, and this was more than that. All the roses were gone and so were the tons of new buds. It is as if we have to start all over again in the middle of spring. His response was that he wanted to keep it clean.
I live in Southern California...is this normal? Is it necessary to trim moderately in the middle of blooms late in spring? Will they come back in time for summer?
I am concerned trimming them so severely the first time has caused them not to grow back as full and green and that he unnecessarily cut them back a second time instead of selectively pruning.
Please help! I am so brokenhearted to see my backyard so bare all over again and fear I wont have my big rose bushes back at all this summer.