Gardening: Random Roses

Sometimes my dad sends me random things through the post, most recently it was a rose bush – specifically a bare-root rose.

I cram-read how to plant roses and the gist I came away with was soak the rose roots for a bit, dig a big hole in a sunny spot – that was big enough to fit all the roots.

Given our soil sucks I used a lot of compost and a bit of some random grow stuff that seems pretty toxic to everything except plants.

Rosa Rubiginosa

(Picture from David Austin Roses – who seem to sell very good roses in my limited experience)

Then water a lot for ever and ever and ever.

I picked a sunny spot to plant the rose but it transpires that the rose may need to be moved as apparently when the starlings start fighting on the bird feeder they inevitably fall off and then continue fighting until they roll into the rose bush.

Apart from that it is a very nice rose, apparently it is a “Rosa Rubiginosa” aka a sweet briar. It is expected to get 3 metres high by three metres wide… which is rather large… so it might need moving for that reason!

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