I have always said that the Golfer and I make a good team so when one is thinking about how to introduce new roses to the garden a mock-up or ‘mockery’ is just the thing (the Golfer doesn’t like me calling it that as he thinks it sounds derogatory, but it makes a great title!). When the sitooterie was still a twinkle in our eyes (2010), making a full-scale mockery (above) enabled us to make major tweaks to the design and especially determined that it would be (like Hardwick Hall) ‘more glass than wall’. The Big Rose Decision Mockery did not involve such precison, just a quick utilisation of whatever timber was handy and as many clamps as possible to look at different alternatives:
You have to think beyond the random timber and clamps to a structure of 3 x 3″ posts painted in my favourite shade of Wild Thyme but by happy coincidence the Golfer (not known for his aesthetic observations) and I agreed on the version that looked best. The basic idea was to allow for 2 climbing roses adjacent to the Tai Chi lawn and clematis on the posts on the other side (as with roses, you can never have too many clematis); there are further options for bush roses, but they wouldn’t of course require a framework.
Having served its purpose, the mockery in its final form (which, for anyone other than ourselves may be any of the above three…) was dismantled after a few days and the Golfer restrained from going out immediately to buy the necessary timber. With one group visit to the garden down and two to go, we can’t be starting any new projects quite yet – but it doesn’t stop them bubbling up!