Just this past May my daughter Natalie and I were riding horses past a beautiful pink hedge of roses all in a massive bloom! Yesterday I rode by the same property where they were renovating the home and ripping out all the landscaping including the one hundred pink rose bushes!!!!! My jaw dropped, but I acted quickly! I asked the contractor if I could come back with my gardener and save the roses! I called my friend who graciously let me borrow his pickup and off I drove to the rescue!
The universe must have been listening to me because I have been thinking recently of removing my lower lawn and transforming it into a very formal French garden with decomposed granite paths, a bit of a boxwood maze with pink roses and random cypress trees. I wasn’t quite ready for the roses but I couldn’t let them die. My new roses are safe and sound temporarily surrounding my orchard bringing even more bees and butterflies into my world!
Having friends that can share your dreams is wonderful! When I returned my friend’s truck, his lovely wife who also happens to be one of my favorite riding partners brought me inside to pour over two French Garden books she recently received as gifts! The inspirations and ideas were endless! Now, to turn them into reality!
This is my plan for my new pink roses!!
Some Tips For Transplanting Roses:
1. Prune the bush but leave some green.
2. Dig out as much root as possible.
3. Try to transplant immediately.
4. Use a rose planting mix with bonemeal.
5. Give them some Vitamin B for shock.
6. Root stimulator helps them adapt to their new surroundings.
7. Water frequently.