Time to catch up

Where have I been? Well it’ll take too long to explain but here we are again and pledged to myself to keep it up this time and not get distracted.
I had a birthday earlier this month and my lovely friend bought me two English roses, one’s a short climber and the other a shrub rose. Both are beautiful and heavily scented and I just love smelly roses. They arrived last week and were bare rooted – a bit late for planting bare rooted things really but that meant I had no choice but to get them in, so yesterday in they went.

I soaked them first overnight in a bucketful of water, then dug a big hole, watered the bottom of the hole, added a bit of well rotted manure and mixed it into the soil, spread out the roots and filled it in so that the soil level was up to the union (roses are all grafted and you can see the union if you look at the spot where the roots begin) and firmed it in with the heel of my wellie. A bit more manure in a circle around the plant, not touching though just in case. I’m being careful with them.

Watered them in and crossed my fingers. They’re not very impressive just yet but, now it’ll be a daily walk to see how they’re doing – are they sprouting, are they looking good. I’ll report back later.

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