Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec
At its best:
Jun, Jul, Aug
Dig out a hole in the soil to the depth of a garden spade and the same width. Put the soil to one side of the hole.
Fork the base of the hole and add half a handful of granular fertiliser, such as pelleted chicken manure. Lightly firm the base of the hole with your foot.
Set the bare-root rose in position and use a bamboo cane placed across the top of the hole to judge the final soil level around the plant. Aim to set the base of the stems just slightly below this level.
Add a spadeful of compost to the soil dug out of the hole and mix it together. Use this to fill in around the roots of the rose, firming in layers with the heel of your foot.
When the hole is full, add a mulch of well-rotted compost to the surface of the soil to help conserve moisture. Water the rose well.