The mulched rose bed has gone wild. It really is no wonder as I slacked off a little tiny bit in the weeding department. A couple of months have passed since the rose bed awoke into blooming weather and it was a pleasant surprise to find out that the majority of the weeds are made up of very interesting local blue plants coming from tiny little bulbs, huge clumps of weeds blooming with hundreds of small yellow flowers and woodland strawberries- weeds that deserve to stay in my opinion. We even have sunflowers growing in the rose bed because we fed the birds with them in the winter and some seeds must have found their way into the fertile soil. The mulch has been a lifesaver during the dry spells as it sponges up a lot of water and slowly releases it during the heatwaves. Even when it looks like the top layer of mulch is completely dry, you only have to dig down an inch or two to uncover moist black soil in which the plants thrive.
Even the puny David Austin rose bushes from last year, which I was ready to count as losses and hardly thought them good enough for composting, came in full force and have even started pushing up completely new canes from the ground. If I am impressed with them this year, then I cannot wait to see them next year as I am sure they will be absolutely gorgeous and lush. Speaking of lush growth, we have a caterpillar problem, for the past couple of springs they have chewed off half the leaves from the fruit trees, even the walnut trees were not spared and to my dismay they also find roses tasty. Some bushes are much more afffected than others, but it is a problem in this no-spray garden of mine. Any tips on what I could do?