Posted: 08/02/2013 at 11:32
I planted my DA rose, Gertrude Jekyll, against my fence in November and already there are shoots about an inch long. We havent had any snow at all (not even over the last couple of weeks) and very rarely get a hard frost (live in Cornwall right on the north coast) so hopefully the new growth will be fine.
As I have planted it as a climber to grow up against a fence I remembered to plant it leaning towards the fence and will look to install the eyes and wire when the weather gets better (and when I can pursuade the hubby to do so - under my supervision of course!).
Once its established I plan to also grow a large flowered purple clematis up through the rose. I think the combination of the deep pink with the purple clematis against my fence which is painted a soft sage green will look fab. Eventually planning to grow it across the fence above a bench to get the most of the scent.