Sculptural rose training
I had a wander around the Peter Beales rose display garden yesterday. You might find that a bit odd in the middle of winter when there’s no roses in flower, but I was interested to see how they were pruned and trained.
My favourite was this carefully constructed tangle of stems. The gardener who wove this sculpture told me the plant will be prompted to generate lots of fairly short shoots which will be covered in flower later in the year. I’ll have to remember to go back in the summer and see the results of his efforts.
The Peter Beales Roses display garden, shop and bistro is open every day. The bistro has a good snack and lunch menu and serves gluten-free food (10/10 for making the effort and clearly marking the menu so we coeliacs don’t have to play 20 questions with the staff).