Today has been a perfect spring day. I started at about 6.30 spraying the roses with garlic and pyrethrum as some of them had aphids. It was so pleasant that I also wandered around the garden pulling out a few weeds.
The first of the roses is in flower. This looks like an old rose and I would have expected it to have been hardy but it is the one that has the most problems either aphids or mildew.
I am pleased with this area, when we moved here it was a mess overgrown with calla lillies and other problem plants. The main roses are Icebergs, both the white one and the burgundy. They are just coming into bud now and the lavender cuttings I placed around the base are doing well.