This post is about how we created a Rose garden in the Old House garden.
Let there be light!
When we moved into the old house, the garden had been badly neglected but we could see what an amazing place it could be. It was dark and gloomy and we have spent the past 18 months concentrating on the garden before we can tackle the house.
Now I could write a post explaining about how we created this garden in great detail but I must admit I find those types of posts a little tedious so instead I am posting lots of photographs so you can see the different stages. I have added snippets of information but do feel free to ask any questions if you want to know more!
We tried to recycle patio slabs we already had but we did need to buy red pavers, a patio circle, cement, gravel, stones, compost and plants. As we did it all for ourselves we think we have spent about £800-£1000. We also saved money by going to a local Nursery plant fair at the end of their season which saved us money on the roses and lavender.
We used old patio slabs nearest the fence and then red brick pavers laying them in a traditional pattern. It was quite tricky as you must make sure they are laid perfectly level to avoid sagging later on and the whole area sloping slightly to the right! You can see that we laid them on a bed of scalpings. We used a Wacker plate to compact the scalpings first. We borrowed one but you can easily hire these from any local DIY store. It was actually quite fun to use!
The paver circles were bought from Paving superstore online. These came flat packed and were not expensive. We then edged the circle with pavers to make it slightly larger. Once the cement was dry, we packed the cracks with a quick dry cement mix which we brushed in. The area needs to be dry when you do this so best to leave this for a sunny day.
We wanted the bird bath to sit slightly above the border so we raised it on breeze blocks and cemented it into place. You can see that we also had to build a small retaining wall as the area slopped towards the house. I quite like the wall though as it makes the area more defined.
The roses we bought were: David Austin Olivia Rose, Generous Gardener and Brother Cadfael. I love the fact that these roses have peony type blooms and are pale to mid pink with a lovely old English scent. We also planted lavender to edge each border. We have room for more so I will look out for other roses in the Spring but would welcome suggestions.
As the path stopped at the grass and was higher than the lawn area, we needed to create a link to the rest of the garden. We did this by adding a matching patio circle connected with gravel. The gravel slops slightly but we like the new ‘shed area’ as we now call it! We now have two sheds This area is now more connected to the rest of the garden with a wildlife pond finishing it all off. When the house is finished, we hope to create a new patio area nearer the house but for now, it’s lovely to sit under the apple tree or in our new rose garden.
OH THE JOYS OF LIVING IN THE OLD HOUSE IN THE SHIRES.