The huge Rosa banksiae we have growing across one entire side of East Court flowers in May/June on the previous years’ wood, unlike most other roses. I have previously semi-managed it by removal of a few trespassing bits in the winter but it had got rather out of hand and was making its way into the roof and therefore had to be dealt with. So I was busy hacking away and pretending to be a supervillain going up and down in my cherry picker (why yes I have an active imagination, why do you ask?) and then…
Woe is me! I dislodged a nest of miniscule baby birds. Woe! Woe!
So I tucked the nest back in a sheltered spot as close as possible to where I found it, crossed my fingers and felt very, very guilty. But hurrah! They’re ok:
Mullein moth. I say no more:
It looks like they’ll flower ok, fortunately.
I change my favourite rose almost as often as I change my underwear at this time of year but this has a permanent place in the Top 5: