Unnamed inherited rose in my garden (possibly Pink Perpetue)
I love roses. As far as I'm concerned you can never have enough roses (or clematis). I inherited several, and have planted many more. My favourites are the English roses which have a delightful scent and gorgeous shape. I think I now have over 30 (but I'm sure there will be a couple more by the end of the summer - I have my eye on Fantin Latour for a start!).
Earlier this year I bought a book Guide to Natural Housekeeping by Cabbages and Roses after reading about it on Tales from a Cottage Garden.
In this book they recommend using Epsom Salts to feed roses, something I'd never heard of before. They say that roses fed with Espom Salts are "bushier and produce more flowers than those treated with commercial fertilizer". So, along with a friend, I'm giving it ago this year. I gave them their first feed a couple of weeks ago and I'll let you know how they get on.