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I'd go for Wollerton Old Hall instead of Claire Austin. Someone I know said CA is floppy and the petals fall off very quickly, gets battered in the rain. I don't actually know WOH, but they say it is very scented. An English friend said it's very healthy.
I'd go for Munstead Wood too, brother in law has it. Looks a bit like Falstaff which I have and so does BIL.
The top one could be dead, the bottom one is alive as it has a healthy new growth on it. But they are not suitable for mulch, unless to keep cats off! All roses get dead stems from time to time, especially roses like ramblers.
But would he mind spending some money on a new sofa if you needed one, or a table or re-decorating? Your garden is an extension of your house.
Glad you had a good day, Dove.
Panda, I've been reading one of those naughty books, but I don't think it's really my sort of thing, I like comfort.
If Dove is your grandma, Verdun, then you can't be born yet.
That's OK David. Could depend on soil or what you feed it on, even the light quality when the photo was taken.
Tracey, Iceberg is lovely. Gertrude Jekyll would probably be my first choice for a pink one. This isn't my photo, it's from Crocus, but it's a David Austin rose.
Raspberries are fruit bushes and they need feeding in Spring. I give mine organic fertiliser in March and mulch with rotted manure.
Morning all, Happy Birthday Dove, but I expect Dove is being wined and dined now.
It's hasn't put it how I put it with the titles on top and the rose on top. Weird!
Close up of an antirrhinum.
Here is my "The Pilgrim", looks paler and more two tone than David's.
Hello Mrs. G, good to know you're still around.
Thanks for the recipe, Stacey, have filed it.