Really, I don’t think they’re reaching any more, they’ve got there! I’m talking about my 2 huge climbing roses, Rosa Mulligani which was planted shortly after we moved here and Rosa Wedding Day which was planted to mark our daughter’s wedding. Last year R. Wedding Day hadn’t quite reached the top of the old ash tree, but this morning I noticed a gleam of white right at the top and there it was, basking in the beautiful morning sunlight with a brilliant blue sky behind it.
In years gone by these two roses didn’t flower before July, but for the last 2 years flowering is at least 2 weeks earlier. It’s nice having them flower at the same time as the roses in the front garden.
We have not had any rain for such a long time now, but hopefully the roses have nice long roots that go down deep where there should still be plenty of moisture. We are not used to a drought in this country, but it is at times like this that I’m thankful for my heavy clay which holds onto any moisture that is available.
The only downside that I can see is that the worms have gone down deeper and the moles are making new tunnels…….
What do you suggest?!