Rose rehab

Cecile Brunner climbing rose in its new home

Cecile Brunner climbing rose in its new home

We moved a rose bush yesterday. I know, I know, it’s a mile a minute around here. It’s exciting to me, though. Plants always just seem so… rooted (sorry). But, seriously, there is a reason for the metaphor. Plants don’t just frolic around the landscape all willy-nilly. Moving them has always seemed to me like it must be complicated (for the gardener) and dangerous (for the plant).

But, David over at Leave Me Alone, I’m Digging has inspired me. If you took his blog literally, you would think that pretty much all he ever does is move plants around his yard. And, they aren’t dead! In fact, his yard looks quite lovely. Crazy.

Cecile Brunner

Cecile Brunner in all its potential glory. Photo courtesy of MrMartha.

Still, I had never really considered this moving of plants around the landscape to be for me. That is until I discovered that the rose “bush” in my front yard is really a (potentially) giant “Cecile Brunner” climbing rose.

As you can see, this rose can be ridiculously huge. This is great and all, but completely inappropriate for the tiny little bed it was planted in. No wonder we are forever cutting back crazy long and thorny canes that threaten violence against anyone wanting to do something weird like, oh, say, walk up to our front door.

The obvious place to put Cecile was against the back fence where she would get lots of sun and have plenty of room to sprawl. So, we bit the bullet and ripped out the honeysuckle taking over the back fence. That was fun.

Also, the cat kind of hates us now. She had a little lair in that honeysuckle where she liked to retire to watch over the backyard and eat the local wildlife.

Catface along the back fence

This photo pretty much sums up Catface's opinion of our home "improvement" efforts.

Eyelets, steel wire, and stretch ties.

Eyelets, steel wire, and stretch ties.

After we got rid of the honeysuckle, it was actually pretty easy.  I dug up the area for the new bed and tilled in some planting mix from a local rose nursery.  Then I dug up the rose and plopped it into it’s new home.

We used eye bolts screwed into the fence to string up four horizontal rows of 18 gage galvanized wire. Then we tied the canes to the wire with stretchy plant ties.

One of the vines tied to the wire trellis with a stretch tie.

One of the vines tied to the wire trellis with a stretch tie.

It doesn’t look like much at the moment, but I’m sure she will like her new home. Threats have been issued to that effect.

Catface walks past the Cecile Brunner climbing rose

Catface inspects the damage.

Now I just have to figure out what to plant in the new bed we’ve made.  I’m thinking some flowers in white and blue/purple would be a nice contrast with the pink roses. Any suggestions?


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