I’ve been a hit-and-miss gardener for over 30 years and, while I succeeded in growing many things very well, I failed miserably with others. Trees such as red oaks, limes, beech and acers love it here. They shoot up in no time and stay strong and healthy. But give me a rose and it’s a different story entirely.

I tried growing a few roses when I moved to Limerick first but gave them up as a bad job. All that spraying, minding, dead-heading and pruning just wasn’t worth it. I did take on two climbing roses and both are reasonable performers but have no scent. What’s the point of growing any rose if it hasn’t a scent?