My Rose Garden

This month (August 2017) we moved into our new home. The garden has been sadly neglected over the years, although it is obvious that somebody once lavished a lot of love and attention on it. In particular, the roses. These are all older and well established. If I were to make a guess I would say planted in the seventies, although it’s hard to be any more precise than that. But I love a challenge – and this is a long term one – to restore the garden and the roses back to their former glory.

Possibly Lorraine Lee
Possibly Lorraine Lee. A wonderfully fragrant pink climbing rose. Unfortunately, the blooms are all about 12' above ground level, so a chair, long handled pruners, and a reasonable amount of blood sweat and tears (and the odd curse word) was required to pick a small bunch of them.

Our Location and Climate

We are lucky to live in a fantastic location for growing roses. The season is long and hot, the winters are very mild, and as long as the roses are kept well watered, they will have a long flowering season. It’s not unusual for them to be in full bloom by early October (2nd month of spring) and still blooming on the winter solstice.

Summer temperatures here are the hottest in Victoria (Australia), with many days over 40c and we can have weeks on end of 35-39c and barely a drop of rain. Last year, we had a couple of consecutive days that exceeded 46c (115°F)so roses that can stand the heat can really thrive. And they grow BIG if you give them the chance. We have a shrub rose that is meant to grow “up to” 4′ (Kentucky Derby) but ours is well over 9′ tall… or was until we cut it down to a more respectable height.

Follow The Journey

As we make additions, improvements, or major changes to the garden, we will try to document that. It’s going to be a long hard road to getting it back to it’s former glory, but we’ll take it one job at a time! Just check the catagory of “Our Garden” to see new posts.

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