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The Rose Garden in My Imagination

By Ozhene @papaver

There is a list, there are many lists: lists of places to visit and lists of plants to grow. Then there are lists within the lists including the rose list. I love roses and grow quite a few. On Twitter pretty much every day I speak with @rosesuk who posts a picture of a rose and I inevitably add it to the list. Which then usually sets me thinking...

The rose garden in my imagination

I want a rose arboretum - a rosery (deliberate spelling) - a rose garden. Yes, I want a rose garden. A good old fashioned one probably complete with greenfly and blackspot but I am not going to let that worry me.

So I plan this garden in my head. I look on Pinterest for ideas. I think about it and think about it and in particular where would I put it. Will I did up and replace an existing area or create a new area in the garden?

Currently there is Plan A that sites the rose garden in place of the Knot Garden. This idea 'has legs' as they say. Even as I write this I am thinking it is a likely idea and one just waiting for its moment. Its moment I am sure will be hastened by two words - box blight. I have not got blight yet, but the emphasis is on yet.

Plan B is, well, more nebulous. It does not have a physical space in my mind, nor does it have such a strong form as Plan A. It would be in the back garden but I look at the garden and it does not tell me where it might sit. I think I could redo an existing border. Maybe do a 'Reverse Dixter': dig up the Exotic Border to plant a rose garden. Currently the Exotic Border has no roses at all in it so it would be a complete change. I think about this but it is not appealing enough at the moment.

I look around the garden and think where-else could it be? I could re-purpose some of the Wild Garden, this would be an easy thing to do to create a new border but the shape is not forming in my mind. I know it might sound odd but the contours of the garden tell me where things should be and what they should look like. I feel at the moment the garden is shaking its head and saying 'not here sweetie'.

So it is a 'watch this space' moment. Or watch that space, or find a space tell me where it is and then watch it. and keep singing the song - you know the song - it begins 'I beg your pardon....'

Stay safe and be kind.

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