The other day, in between our snowy weeks, we managed to find a few days when the soil on Weather Hill at Wisley was in a workable state. We took delivery of some bare root roses, and off we went - the rose planting began on our exciting Bowes-Lyon Rose Garden.
Jim Gardiner, Director of Horticulture (left) and James Rudoni, Director of Gardens, jointly planted the first of the roses generously donated by David Austin Roses. This particular cultivar, Rosa 'Lichfield Angel' (R. [Lichfield Angel] = 'Ausrelate') was commented on by James as being particularly relevant to him as he spent time in Lichfield as a child.
A dusting of mycorrhizal fungi (Rootgrow) was applied to the roots of the roses just before planting. We also did this for the turf in this garden too before it was laid, but where we have traditionally suffered heavy, concentrated footfall on the grassy areas up beside the Bowes-Lyon Pavilion we have installed an artificial lawn (by Trulawn).
This will be a mixed garden, and to supplement the roses we have already planted groups of Sarcococca (sweet and Christmas box), columns of Taxus (yew) and Magnolia grandiflora 'Kay Parris'. And there will be plenty more to follow, to provide interest throughout the year.
We will keep you posted. Merry Christmas.