Prevention Better than Cure
Based on past track record and a week where hindsight was a wonderful thing (tomato blight) I am looking for advice before I make any further plans/progress on my new informal rose garden.
So far I have dug the soil over quite deeply, removing all the weeds, there were a lot of ferns and I have removed all the roots (I think). The soil is nice and crumbly and has obviously been composted at some point, traces of eggshells and walnut casings as well as a few oyster shells. I plan to dig in some more compost and also ask our friendly farmer neighbour, in my best French (we are in the Dordogne) if I can have some of his manure and dig that it in too.
I have ordered some bare root roses (so want to say barefoot roses ) from David Austin to be delivered in November and am also going to move a couple from some bad spots in the garden after they finish blooming. I have already had to move a climbing rose to accommodate the duck house, and it seems to have survived the move with a little shoot coming up off the main branch. Plan to make a little border from lavender, plant some Hollyhocks as a back drop and insert a little wooden rustic bench with a trellis cover for the climbing rose to scramble over and a spot for me to sit on and smell the roses!
Now, can anyone give me any advice to make this become a reality, what else do I need to do to the soil? It is a lovely sunny spot, but does have some dappled shade from a couple of small apple trees. As far as I can tell there were just a few woody shrubs there before and a bit of ornamental grass. There is a Buddleia in the backdrop and it opens out onto farmers fields, potatoes and maize I think. Really don't want to plant it all up and when the poor roses catch some awful disease people say - well why didn't you do so and so, as the title says, prevention rather than cure!
Picture below of proposed spot and the progress of replanted climber, looking a bit bare at the moment, but fingers crossed. Any advice, pointers etc, gratefully received.