David Austin emailed me yesterday to say my 6 climbing roses are on their way! This makes me both excited and nervous, as I've never planted bare root roses before, and I've never planted anything in winter before! Two Wollerton Old Hall for a 6' fence, and 4 Shropshire Lads for the 4 corners of an 8' wooden pergola. Both WOH's and two of the SL's are going into the ground, but the other two SL's will be in large pots. I have got a lot of info from various websites, but could still do with a bit of advice!
1. We've had so much rain here in Harrogate since the snow went, and that was on the ground for a good week. So I guess the soil is pretty soggy and I'm wondering whether I should wait awhile before planting. But then it looks as if night time temperatures next week will be below freezing. Would that be bad for newly planted roses?
2. I have a wooden garden seat which will be placed in front of my fence, and my idea is to plant the WOH's in the beds either side of the seat and train them across to meet each other, so making a richly scented wall behind the seat. Well that's the idea anyway! I believe I need to put horizontal wires stretched between vine eyes to support the rose stems, but not being a DIYer, or being able to use a drill, I am wondering if I will be able to get these vine eye screws into the fence? Any tips?
I'll stop there for the moment - but thank you if you've made it this far!