My Ruby Anniversary rose was on the edge of the forest garden because when I bought it that was the best place to plant it. However, I now want to build a hugel bed in that position – and besides I didn’t enjoy being pricked when I walked past it to get to the strawberries and beyond.
Getting the rose bush out of the ground proved to be relatively easy. I had felt a moment of pre-move trepidation but fortunately the root ball was quite small.
On the other hand, I was quite shocked by the condition of the soil which was to be its new home. Apart from recently growing some phacelia there it had never been cultivated in my time and thus had been overlooked for amendments.
Now, I think this patch of ground will be in a much better condition. I had to reposition the bush three times in the hole, as it was too close to the fence which separates my garden from next door. So, the homemade compost I added will have been well mixed with the soil and then the bush was watered in with bokashi tea.