Posted: 15/06/2014 at 21:56
Susie61, I have a climbing rose 'Malvern Hills' growing all round my sitting room window. I think it may be a David Austin one. It flowers more or less non stop and has a most exquisite perfume that carries a long way.
I have it on red brick and it looks really good.
Since my initial post I've been to another garden that will be opening next week. Here the gardener has a much more laid back approach and I found it quite liberating. She allows things to self seed and says she initially used bark chippings to keep down the weeds before the clumps grew together - hardly any soil showing.
I've concluded that, more than I ever imagined, gardens reflect the personality of their owners. I'm definitely in the let it all hang out/devil may care category. I would be a nervous wreck if I thought I had to tackle every weed and would end up selling up and buying a flat
I have decided not to try to compete with the neat, trim, manicured lot and let my inner hippy come out. Chill woman!