It’s been a lovely long dreamy summer, but now’s the time to snap out of it. We need to move fast to make the most of the great gardening days that remain between now and winter. Whether you’re an intuitive or scientific gardener, you probably know that now is a great time to get the jump on things growth wise. It’s like this. You could pop a Flower Carpet rose into the garden now, in autumn, or you could wait till spring. If you plant it now, the soft weather we’ll probably enjoy before winter sets in will gently encourage your rose bush to settle in, establish some fresh roots which in turn will support some nice new growth. By the time spring comes around, your autumn-planted rose will have, both a larger root system and bigger upper story on which to build further. By mid spring this autumn-planted rose will not only look like it’s been in the garden for a while, but it will be in a strong position to cover itself with more lovely roses than a rose just-planted in spring. So why wait till spring? Exactly. There’s no reason. Plant your rose now.