Rose Garden Revival
Recent visitors to the Gardens may have noticed changes in the Rose Garden: we are preparing to replace the roses in two of the large beds with new varieties and herbaceous perennials. New varieties of roses have been chosen for their colour, beauty, scent and resistance to disease. The use of perennials will increase the period of interest of the rose garden and many of the most famous rose gardens now plant perennials amongst their roses. There is also a benefit of fewer pests and diseases.
Existing roses from the cleared beds have been lifted, the soil shaken from their roots, dipped in mycorrhizal solution and replanted in the remaining beds, to help fill in the spaces. The treatment of these roses will help determine if the mycorrhizal solution helps overcome ‘rose sickness’; a problem that gardeners often encounter when planting new roses where old roses have diminished and died.
Forty five centimetres of old soil is being removed from the two remaining beds and being replaced with new top soil, this is the traditional method of coping with ‘rose sickness’. These beds will be further enriched with garden produced compost. Before planting these roses will also be dipped in mycorrhizal solution.
The beds will also be fertilised in spring to encourage growth and in early summer to promote flowering. We will also be liquid feeding through the summer to provide essential nutrients and a regular drenching with water. All this attention will help the new roses establish and thrive, a healthy plant is far more pest and disease resistant than a poorly grown plant.
So, please accept our apologies for having to close off sections of the Rose Garden from the 10th November 2014, whilst this important work is carried out. But, return in the summer and see the flowers of our labours.
NB Nothing in our garden goes to waste so the excavated top soil will be reused in the Children’s Discovery Garden.