Last week I made a trip to one of the nicest greenhouses here in Portage and bought four beautiful "Scentimental" Floribunda Rose bushes, Rosa Wekplapep. And they smell divinie! Like roses should smell :-)
But I was able to remove the dead bushes relatively easily, although with two of them I had to dig pretty deep to remove all the roots. Then for each new rose bush, I dug a hole twice the size of the container and a little deeper. I then put about an inch of composted cow manure in each hole to provide nutrients for the new roses.
Since most roses are grafted, I planted the graft about an inch below the soil. Digging a larger hole will give the roots space to grow and help establish the plant.
Of course, Miss Laci was very interested in what I was doing!
It was a fun day for me. I love our home here in Michigan but I really miss my garden. Today I got to play in the dirt and that always makes me happy! I even had an Eastern Kingbird visit me while I was working. And that was icing on the cake of this wonderful day.