New, need help
This is my very first post, so picture me waving frantically at all of you! I've lurked here for years, but finally have decided I actually don't know what I'm doing and need help.
I inherited my childhood home about 18 months ago; my Dad loved roses, but didn't know how to take care of them, or wasn't able to. I planted several roses for him over the years, and a few of them are very poorly performing (never were much good).
I also have some very healthy rose bushes that I've recently put in (in the first year I was here). On the front fence (at the sidewalk, facing west),I have 1 climbing Eden and one Eden shrub; both are very happy and healthy. I also have another Eden that I am going to put on the fence, where it's not got a thing growing.
The other roses I have:
Healthy: 2 JPII, Queen Eliz (huge!!), Silver Girl.
Not as healthy as they should be: Double Delight, Betty White, Mr. Lincoln, Crown Princess Margarete, Shropshire Lad, French Perfume.
Shovel Prune List: Peace, Brass Band, Midas Touch, and an unnamed, very old, never bloomed all year rose, and three other one cane wonders.
I also have numerous minis in pots scattered around.
I have in pots waiting for me to plant:
3 Ebb Tides, 1 Moondance, 1 Portlandia Cl., 1 Ginger Syllabub cl, Zephirine Druhin, St. Cecilia, Fragrant Plum, 1 Soft Whisper. The climbers are own root, as is St. Cecilia and Frag. Plum.
My soil is clay, and very depleted. There has been nothing growing in areas that should be able to sustain growth (eg enough sun and water), and I'm looking to amend the soil before planting the potted plants.
I have been doing a ton of site clearing, weed removal, and planning. But I'm lost as to how to amend the soil, especially on/around the roses that are established that I'm keeping.
I have ordered (2) 146 oz of Neptune's Harvest, as recommended by my local nursery. But past that, I don't quite know what to do. I am willing to do as much "hard labor" as needed, because this house is a "cottage" and needs the yards to reflect the quaint and fairytale-ish-ness (???) of the house.
So...what are the secrets? Hoov - I've been drooling over your gardens for ages...if I could do one quarter of what you have, it would be wonderful.
So anyone, everyone...help? How do I make these beds rose-friendly?
Thanks sooooo much for all your help.
(and yes, I "herd" cats...I've got 10 rescues, and foster kittens all the time. LOL...and two dogs and two horses, too; you should see me at vaccine time...)