The cold winter killed off many of my plants despite that fact that I have the advantage of a walled garden which keeps temperatures up and some of the tender plants were protected in my greenhouse (unheated). I lost fuschias and begonias and some canna all of which had overwintered in previous years. I nearly lost a beautiful agapanthus but I have managed to revive it. I had some succulents...most are dead as a dodo...! Did any of you gardeners have the same experience? But despite the winters killing spree I dont think that the roses have ever been as good. I attach a few photos of part of the rose garden where we have about 15 varieties and 50 plants. The white in the background is a magnificent single Rambling Rector which has really spread its wings and wraps around what we call the "secret garden".
Trouble is Barry we are struggling to maintain it. What you are seeing is just a tiny bit of the whole. Fortunately our gardener was here today and did the lawns. Trimmed bushes. Cleared some borders etc etc etc. As a result we have decided to downsize even though we love our home and our lovely village. It will be a wrench. Part of me hopes that no-one makes an offer!!