Earlier this year, I planted my rose garden. The previous owners of our house had had this bit of the garden as a herb garden but it had become outrageously overgrown while we had some building work done. In the end, I got my builder’s son and my builder’s son’s friend to come in for a day to clear it. While they did that, I took my builder’s son’s dog, Bacon (who is a Parson’s Terrier) for a nice, long walk.
I bought my roses from David Austin (my gardener told me to get them there). I got some white, ink, yellow and red ones – so far the climbers haven’t got big enough to be tied to the trellis but some of them have done really well. I wasn’t convinced that any of them would flower in the first year.
As well as roses, I also planted salvia (one white, one purple), green sage, fennel, a couple of thymes, lady’s mantel, LOADS of lavender and some chives. The bay has revived a bit but I am okay with this – as long as it doesn’t become a giant, the bay leaves are useful.
Unfortunately, this seems to be a REALLY weedy bed – the mint and lemon balm keeps coming back (although, to be fair, this is easy to rip out). There’s a load of other stuff that keeps coming through which is a bit harder to sort out but I’ll have to do it next time I’m down.