Posted: 25/01/2015 at 07:58
Hello Andrea and welcome
Hopefully the gravel has been spread on top of a fabric membrane, otherwise it's going to be a nuisance to remove. Rather than dig the gravel it's better to get on your hands and knees if possible and scrape it off - save it - it's bound to come in handy for something before long.
Are you going to widen the border and turn it into a herbaceous border that has roses in it, rather than just a rose bed?
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