Today’s focus is on planting roses. I’ve removed several roses that had too many years of neglect or were in bad places. I don’t want to lose the long lasting colour from the roses though. Currently I’ve planted two rosa Paul’s Scarlett climber. These will hopefully give me a nice burst of colour through a long period of the year with a bit of care.
To give the roses the best start I’m putting a bit of care into the planting from the advice of the RHS and Monty Don. The rose came with the roots wrapped in plastic. First the plastic needs removing and then the roots need a good soak. I left it in the trug for about an hour. This helps the plant get started soaking up a good amount of water and gives the roots a bit of flexibility for planting.
Dig a hole a bit deeper and wider than the root ball.
Some people recommend putting in slow release feed balls with the roots. However this will mean the roots don’t grow out to look for their own nutrients. Instead I’ve used a little bit of mycorrhizal powder on the roots. This is a fungus that forms a symbiotic relationship with the plant helping the plant develop stronger root systems and take in more nutrients they need.
The packaging recommends two scoops for a plant this size. So one bag will go a good way. It can also be used if moving plants to help them re-establish.
Then another soak filling the hole up.
Then back fill the hole with fresh compost. I’ve buried the rose deep. Advice on this will differ.
The rose has a nice expanse of fence to grow up. There is clematis nearby that can intermingle with the rose. It’s a fairly traditional combination that will hopefully complement each other well.
I also had time for a few quick DIY jobs too. My garden jacket is always a mess in the utility room. I have few DIY skills, but here is a a quick tip I got from Amy’s dad is to masking tape an envelope below drill holes. This catches the dust avoiding some mess.
My first seedlings of this year are poking through now. Always an exciting moment. The cosmea being the first to show.
Hope you’ve found something useful from today’s blog and hopefully I’ll have nice blooms up the fence as the year goes on. Comment if you have any further advice to watch out for as my roses establish.