- Put it in the right place. Try and keep it safe from pests including Morecambe (Lucy doesn't wee-wee up things - it's a genetic fact) In short, give it the best environment possible.
- Feed it well. This takes a bit of investment. (Rose feeder - Wilkinsons - £2.49 on offer - bargain!) but the time and the money is worth it.
- Keep things gentle for a while. Watch it in frosts or scorching sun. Don't expect it to be able to take everything that is thrown at it straight away.
- Expect the first recovery roses to be a bit weedy but don't lose heart. This rose probably wouldn't win any awards but keep doing the right things and the next set will be stronger.
- In the end though, you put everything into place but it really is down to the rose. The right conditions are important but it has to actually do the recovery thing itself.
On a less edifying note. Head Gardener has an anti social habit of getting rid of snails by picking them up and throwing them over the wall. This is anti - social both for the snail and any poor person walking past. Anyway, all his chickens came home to roost this week when one of his snail projectiles just missed a neighbour. He thought of trying to get out of it by playing innocent and pretending the snail had either jumped or been dropped by a passing seagull. In the end grovelling just about got him out of it. He's too old for all this delinquent behaviour.
Challenging website of the week. This lady does the cleaning in 15 minutes a day. I do cleaning but could never get it done in that time. Maybe it's because she doesn't factor in stopping for a slice of lemon drizzle like normal people. Thats probably it.
On a personal note. My niece is now a bona fide holder of a degree. Congratulations Jessica.