I have a dead tree in a corner of the garden and have planted a climbing rose at the base to hopefully make a more decorative feature of it. The rose has only been in for less than a year, so this spring/summer was its first - and it was a cold spring and then a very hot and dry summer so far, so I was prepared for the rose not to do much - just gave it feed and water and hoped it would survive. But it has produced some strange new growth. Long stems have shot out from one of the existing stems that I had tied in horizontally to try and encourage just that. However, the stems are pale and have strange, stunted-looking leaves. They come from the point where another "normal" leaf stem is already growing. They don't look right. I thought suckers would only appear from the base of the plant, below the graft - but these look like suckers! Or are they stunted because of the weather? Or could the rose dislike being planted by the rotting tree? Do you think I should cut them off, or just leave them? Thanks for any advice - I'll try and upload some photos of the normal leaves, the strange ones and the point at which they shoot from the normal stem.