Sunday, 14 May 2017

A new rose bed

We've had a flower bed in front of our dilapidated shed for some years now. When we first moved here in 2010 there was nothing, just grass, weeds and muddle.


So, in 2012, having painted the shed, and wired it up to give the roses more support, we dug out the grass weeds and muddle and planted it up with irises, which started life in our old garden in 2008


These were beautiful for a couple of years,


but gradually we got less and less flower and more and more weeds - the lack of flower I think because the soil was poor and tended to be very waterlogged in the winter - the weeds due to my not having the energy or is that diligence, to keep on top of things.

So this year, taking our cue from the two rather beautiful roses which thrive and were here when we arrived,



my Good Soul dug up the remaining irises, still quite a collection I might add, and will take them off and nurture them until we decide where to try next. They have been very forgiving so far, so I hope they do well once we move them to their new place - probably in the front garden where they will get lots of sunshine to bake their rhizomes.

I then spent about six days, on and off, taking it mindfully, pacing myself to avoid too many aches and pains, and dug through the whole bed. I pulled out all the weeds and as much suspicious root as I could, then turned in a generous quantity of composted manure and mulch and mix to feed the soil. The process reminds me in an odd way of making pastry or mixing up a cake - not that I do much baking, but it's a similar thing, just on a much larger and more exhausting scale and the heat comes from the sun rather than an oven!

Having done all that I have planted it up with three more roses; deep plum, stripy pink and dusky peach, in the hope that, like those already there, they too will thrive. I've tucked in some annuals; blue pansies and some pinks,


and rich rusty magenta petunias,


Also a few perennials; columbine, my very favourites, to join the self seeded one that was there already,


don't you just love their little curly topped seedheads?


really, you can't have too many


Also some speedwell, a couple of sedums from another much loved Aunt's garden and a some geraniums (not pelargonioums) which will bush up and give us more blue and pink. Oh, and added some edging to the bed - a slightly obtrusive plastic one that I hope will tone down a bit as the years go by. It should prevent the grass from taking over again.


Now to sit back and look forward to seeing what the summer will bring.


Qute a change from the picture up top eh? Look how those roses have grown.

4 comments:

  1. So pretty! Well done! I must get some of that edging to stop the grass overwhelming my little bean plot.

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    1. And now lots of lovely rain to water them in well. I'll report on the edging as time goes on :-)

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  2. Such a joy to see your garden again !
    I don't have that much space for roses .... Have my New Dawn along the pergola
    but she isn't looking well again : lots of buds BUT leaves doing funny things
    again :-(

    The irises are gorgeous, I have a similar purple one, though they don't bloom
    good every year .... I know you have to plant them very shallow ... (waiting now)
    The small irises are coming right now : blue, white and "Purple Haze" ( :-) ...)

    (looooved my "blue day" !)

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  3. Hi Els, glad you enjoyed the garden - it's sort of big'ish, but very relaxed (for which read unweeded!!) I only show off the pretty bits :-)

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