Roses

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.

My rose garden REALLY needs wedding
My rose garden REALLY needs wedding
The Gertrude Jekyll has done really well
The Gertrude Jekyll has done really well

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.

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