It really has been a cracking year for the roses.
When we moved a year ago May the roses were a bit straggly and neglected.
I tried to give them some TLC before June arrived but a couple of weeks wasn’t enough to give them the boost they needed.
Autumn/Winter with secateurs in hand I went to it.
I always start gently but then inevitably end up possessed by a pruning madness.
That said it usually is exactly what the roses need.
You can’t be too gentle. They won’t thank you for it.
They will just end up spindly and floppy with ground facing blooms.
This year I took extra time with them.
Lots of watering even though we have had plenty of rain.
A good mulch of compost.
A slug of rose food, dug in gently.
With no labels I haven’t managed to identify them yet. I’m sure I shall discover a few elsewhere on my garden travels.
I have loved to see them flourish this year.
The previous owner may have planted them, and the season has been it’s best for them but I like to think I have nurtured them back to life.