Deer force slight retreat :)
Do any of you have to admit that some areas of the garden are just not going to work, for your roses? My best laid plans, to have beautiful roses in the corners of my kitchen garden...are not going to happen. Instead, I've decided to consolidate my roses around the house (front bed and fairy garden) and the little garden under the Italian plum trees.
I can protect these areas more, either with the house on one side...or several butterfly bushes and lilacs along the back (almost deer proof) and lots of herbs and flowers they do not like, around the roses and in the front. The Hidcote lavender works really well!
We are planning to put a fence around the kitchen garden, but since it is our best view, it's just a small fence...not enough to keep out the deer. Instead, I plan to put lilacs in the corners and maybe some apple trees. We have some apples that grow wild down on the other end of the property and if the deer don't eat them there...I'm hoping they won't eat them in the garden :)
Do you have any areas that make it difficult to grow roses? Too hot, too many pests, etc? Thanks for sharing!