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May 30, 2020 6:14 AM CST
Name: B C
California (Zone 11a)
Hello, I've been trying to read as much as I can on this forum about roses since I am new to them, and there are so many posts that inspired me to try some in my yard this spring.

I am worried that I planted some new roses too close to my pool's edge foundation. The foundation is on a slight hill, and is 3 ft tall off of the ground. I planted six David Austin Roses along this foundation:

2 Jubilee Celebration

2 Carding Mill

2 Imogen

I planted them about 4 ft apart, maybe a little more. There are no other plants back there besides some wildflowers that came back from the seeds I planted last year.

My worry is that I planted them too close to the foundation for them to spread out. There is plenty of room on the one side of the plants that faces outward, but the sides of the shrubs that are closest to the foundation, are anywhere from 1 to 1.5 ft out from the foundation. They're leaning a bit towards the wall because I planted at an angle, in deep holes since I'm Zone 5.

I planted so many climbing roses around the property as my first project about 2 weeks ago, that I think I just forgot that these were shrubs and didn't need to be at a 45 degree angle pointed towards a wall.

I planted them 2 days ago and they seem to be doing well. Is it a good idea to dig them up gently today and move them further out from the pool's wall?

Thanks for any tips and help with this, I'm really excited to get into roses after being a bit intimidated for so many years. Hopefully this one area will do well since the buds I've seen open on these six plants so far are pretty amazing.

Edit: Just a note- The canes look closer to the wall then the center/crown because they're at an angle. So the crown area are about 1-2 ft each from the wall itself, and then the branches lean a bit towards the pool wall

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May 30, 2020 12:21 PM CST
Coastal Southern California (Zone 13a)
This would just be like planting them near a wall. Shouldn't be a big problem. You may find, though, that rose petals blow into the pool.
May 30, 2020 3:49 PM CST
Name: B C
California (Zone 11a)
JeriJen, thanks for the help Smiling I left most of them and moved three that were less than a foot close, a little further back to about 2 ft. They look ok, one is all limp but I put a shade cloth over a chair for her and hopefully she'll bounce back with some regular watering.

Petals in the pool wouldn't bother me, would be sort of pretty I think. Thanks again Thumbs up
May 30, 2020 4:09 PM CST
Name: seil
St Clair Shores, MI (Zone 6a)
Garden Photography Region: Michigan Roses
It's going to be really beautiful when those babies grow up!
May 30, 2020 5:26 PM CST
Name: B C
California (Zone 11a)
Thanks seilMI, I hope so Smiling

This is my first adventure into roses. The blooms so far are really something else, shifting colors all day. I'll share some photos below.

This is one of my Carding Mill plants...same plant with different stages of the flower over this past week

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This is Jubilee Celebration

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and Imogen...looks kind of like an egg yolk, but a bit prettier.

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May 30, 2020 8:37 PM CST
Name: seil
St Clair Shores, MI (Zone 6a)
Garden Photography Region: Michigan Roses
Oh, they're lovely! The constant changing of form and color is part of why I love roses. Every day you see something new!
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