For much of the year, roses are mostly thorns and not much else. For this reason, ourS are underplanted with Golden Majoram which provides a nice bright carpet and suppresses weeds.
Over time the marjoram had encroached on the roses a little too much and things were looking a tad congested. Also, ivy was was beginning to proliferate in the beech hedge. Time to remove all the rose supports for ease of access and clear out the invading ivy and marjoram from around each rose, prune and feed them before mulching with compost. Chris mastermined marjoram and ivy removal whilst I tackled the thornier side of things and did the pruning. Of course, Chris wasn't content with just doing roses but did the Top Lawn Border before tackling ivy which had invaded a Philadelphus.
Throughtout the summer months the marjoram is trimmed 2 - 3 times to prevent flopping. Now, each rose has a circle of bare soil around its base with all herbs cleared away. The metal supports will be re-sited inside each circle making future marjoram trimming MUCH easier. Let's hope we have even more flowers than last year in our little rose garden!
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