Roses grow: on your most fragrant flowers.

I’ve tended to listen to people chatting, rather than speaking myself. It’s one of the pluses of being an introvert, which is seen by some as a negative. I see it as a positive. Introverts tend to think deeply, and this can make them absent minded, it’s true; I’m always losing things (did anyone find my secateurs two weeks ago?), which is probably why the protagonist in my book, or children’s novel, Woedy Bear (available on Kindle), is always losing things. However, I’m slow to decisions which might be a plus because I’ll persevere, and keep returning to things I perceive as a failure. For example on achieving a Double D grade for English Literature and English Language, I vowed to go back to redo it, and in 2013 I redid my English GCSE and attained an A grade. My mock exam result was one mark lower than my 86% A grade. My friend asked me why I did this, as the previous year 2013, I had passed my English Literature degree with a 2:1, which was 3.5 marks under a first, mainly due to handing in two papers late due to my daughter’s sickness.

I hope this story of triumph over diversity has Inspired you. But what has it got to do with roses? Well I’ve found roses hard to grow, and I’ve lately realised why. For one thing I’ve often inherited them and for another I’ve never successfully grown one in my own gardens, except once, but just as it began to flourish, we moved house in the height of summer, and I failed to save it. Keep reading to find out more, and for my photography


Some of the reasons roses fail is due to the lack of a dedicated rose bed. Roses do not enjoy cramped positions, and this can lead to mould and mottled leaves.

Here’s what to do to save your roses:

This rose has been cramped by Michaelmas daisies. I’ve moved it to an open position and you can see for yourself the new growth underneath.
I’ve clipped off some dying shoots and left on two leaves for photosynthesis, until new shoots appear. Then I’ll remove them as the leaves are mottled and affected by the lack of space and light caused by the encroaching daisies last month.
Here this rose bush has almost completely died back, and I’ve cleared the daisies that were cramping it, it seems, just in time. Can you see the tiny new shoots?
Marigolds need lots of water, and as it has been very dry, I’ve watered this plant daily. I planted the rose close to it to ensure its survival after a move in a dry spell. Marigolds need lots of water. The watering has left it a vibrant green. Can you spot it? I’ll move it to an open position later today, as we’ve had overcast and wet weather.
Before the rescue, hardly visible behind the Michaelmas.
And afterwards. I’ll leave this yellow rose where it is now.

Bye bye for now

All my love,

Hermione

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