I was struggling to think of what to blog about tonight... but then I remembered I mentioned my rose bush yesterday and wanted to show you it!
I bought it last year, in the summer after moving to our little flat! I love roses, they are my favourite flower, and will play a huge part in our wedding next year. I have always wanted to grow my own and so I bought a very small bush with no leaves or buds.
I planted it last year in a tub - we have a communal garden so I can't plant it in the ground :( - but last year nothing really happened. In fact, the few leaves that grew went very brown and dead. I bought a tray to go under the pot to collect some water, and this year I gave it all my love and attention!
Last week, I finally spotted two little buds - and now they are huge! However, I also spotted an attack of greenfly and some tiny little green bug, which I don't know what it is! The leaves were also being attacked by disease, so I made it my mission to fight them off!
I bought an organic 2 in 1 spray from asda that says it kills greenfly, scale insects etc and black spot and other 'diseases'. So far I've sprayed it twice and it's already looking better...
So here are my beautiful buds...
I am sooo excited for them to bloom - I think I might actually scream or cry when they do!
As a novice rose grower, I was wondering if any of you more experienced gardeners had any good tips for me? I really want some beautiful roses this year!
Wish me luck
On another note - I probably won't be able to blog much this weekend! We've decided to celebrate the royal wedding tomorrow with our own little afternoon tea while we watch - and then on Saturday we are off to Stratford-upon-avon, staying over night and then visiting stow-on-the-wold and bourton-on-the-water on Sunday. I can't wait! I have never been to Stratford and my other half has never been to the cotswolds. Fingers crossed the weather is nice!
Any suggestions of places to visit in Stratford? Any suggestions of places to eat and visit in the cotswolds too would be great!
Hope you have a fantastic weekend whatever your plans!