Year of the Rose

It really has been a cracking year for the roses.

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When we moved a year ago May  the roses were a bit straggly and neglected.

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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.

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Autumn/Winter with secateurs in hand I went to it.

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I always start gently but then inevitably end up possessed by a pruning madness.

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That said it usually is exactly what the roses need.

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You can’t be too gentle. They won’t thank you for it.

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They will just end up spindly and floppy with ground facing blooms.

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This year I took extra time with them.

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Lots of watering even though we have had plenty of rain.

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A good mulch of compost.

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A slug of rose food, dug in gently.

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With no labels I haven’t managed to identify them yet. I’m sure I shall discover a few elsewhere on my garden travels.

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I have loved to see them flourish this year.

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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.

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Miss Trug