Posted: 05/06/2014 at 10:03
I missed Bev's first thread. How did that happen? I always look at rose threads. Must have been a day when there were a lot of them.
We bought this house in Dordogne in 1990, an old farmhouse on limestone, uninhabited for 6 years. After getting the house habitable we planned and planted the garden in '92. But it has evolved since. I planted about 70 roses, mostly climbers and shrubs, adding lots of farmyard manure from the local farmer. The soil was fairly awful, sticky and stony. But the roses did very well and looked lovely. THEN the deer discovered them. Some were so badly eaten they died. Now the main flower garden has a deer fence and I moved some of the others into pots around the house, but they need a lot of feeding and watering.
It gets hot here in summer and I find the roses need a good soak twice a week. Better that than a small watering daily. If a rose is dry it can't take up the nutrients from the ground or the fertiliser you have given it, then it gets ill more easily. A well fed, well watered rose is more disease resistant.
Some of the more modern roses, and a lot of David Austin's are disease resistant. At the RHS garden "Rosemoor" I was told that they only plant disease resistant roses.