Yesterday, I had a morning pulling weeds out of the rose garden – my hands are scratched to buggery, even though I wore gloves most of the time.
Some of the weeds I kept – in particular there was a load of deadnettle that bees seem to like so I left that. However, all the grass, stinging nettles and some weed that I’ve only ever seen in the IoW but which gets everywhere came up. I filled a builder’s sack with it all.
Afterwards, I put wood chips down in the gaps. The lavender plants are, on the whole, doing very well (and all but one are enormous) but they will do better without a load of goosegrass and grass clinging to them. A couple already have (small) bracts coming up.
One thing that has done well is a thyme plant. As the rose garden is walled and sunny, I assume that it is a bit more sheltered than the rest of the garden. Usually thyme dies here but this is looking super.
The roses have buds but also, sadly, aphids. I hate using chemicals but I might have to. Unless we get a plague of ladybirds.