Do I persevere with unexpected baby rose bushes growing out of sand which used to be the base of neglected turf? Rose experts, please advise me.
We moved into this house in June last year. It used to have a lovely English cottage style garden, with roses lining the path to the door, and herbs and flowers scattered (neatly) around the boundaries of the yard. Turf was laid in the front yard about a year ago, according to my neighbours. I've seen photos, so I know not so long ago it was a nice garden.
The previous tenants were, shall we say, less than interested in maintaining the garden, to the point where there was no garden when we moved in. (I guess that happens when you ride motorbikes naked, drunk, around the front yard at 8am on a Sunday morning.)
In the backyard I've got wysteria, japanese maple, irises, gladioli, crepe myrtle, a plum tree, a lemon tree, and various unknown shrubs and climbers back into shape. The backyard was patchy grass, and as I've watered it and weeded around anything that looks promising, it's come pretty good.
The front yard is a bit more challenging. When we moved in, it was like a beach. Mostly sand with a few straggly bits of grass. I've watered it as the warmer weather has kicked in, my lawnmowing guy has fed it (I don't know with what), and the grass is starting to fill in. It might end up looking like a lawn soon, I hope.
Then these 3 rose bushes popped up. I've heard from gardeners that roses which just grow anywhere don't flower. Something about they need to be root stock for them to be productive? So is there any point in me weeding around these, nurturing them, talking to them (I swear by it!)?
I don't have a terribly green thumb - cacti and succulents are my thing - but the established roses I've cared for have always flourished.
Here are the poor tragic rose babies
It's just been watered in the photo, but trust me, it's sandy and slightly rocky. It was full of cigarette butts and beer bottle tops when we moved in, and everytime I water or it rains, more of them rise to the top.
And I know the grass is lousy, but it's a rental property, I'm not going to re-seed the whole yard. I'm happy to just give it as much tender loving care as I can, in the hope that one day I'll have a lawn and roses.