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David Austin Roses, are they worth it?

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 16:51

I live in France so several of my David Austin roses have had to be ordered bare rose and sent by post. Apart from Malvern Hills they have all been in good condition with at least four branches and wrapped in a plastic bag with damp compost in it. I complained about the Malvern Hills and they sent me a really good replacement. OH ordered 3 x Gertrude Jekyll for me this winter and they are doing very well.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 07:14

Had quite a bit of rain the day before yesterday. Cold now, frosts today and yesterday. -2° at the moment. Dahlias were coming up outside have now been frosted. Everything was about 2 weeks in advance because of the hot weather and now some of it looks miserable. i though primulas were hardy but their flowers have drooped.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 07:11

Have a lovely time in Holland, Chicky. I hope there are still lots of tulips out.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 07:08

Just read back to the top of the page. Hello and welcome Kay. I loved gardening when I was your age. My first daughter was born when I was 24. My lovely Mother-in-law helped start me off and advised on plants.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 06:59

Morning all.

Forecast said +2° but it's -2° now and there's a frost. GH heater is on and cold frames are covered but outdoor dahlias aren't, they are already frosted anyway. There hasn't been a frost at the end of April for several years, but this year it seems worse as we had such warm weather before and everything was growing so fast, a good 2 weeks early. I've never seen buddleias look so droopy after a frost. But one year I hosted a strawberry cream tea for charity the last weekend in May and the tables were set outside. The temperature suddenly dropped to 2° and it sleeted. People still talk about it!

Baby sitting for son this morning. His wife is having an echography. Baby due in 2 weeks.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 27/04/2017 at 17:42

Sounds horrid, Hosta. But like my son when he had kidney stones.

I read that chewing parsley after eating garlic gets rid of the taste and smell. I tried it, does work a bit.

Been in the GH today potting on and sowing. All is now ready for the house sitter to look after. Must put the horse in a new paddock tomorrow. Leaving on Saturday.

David Austin Roses, are they worth it?

Posted: 27/04/2017 at 09:18

The colour is quite similar but my Lady Emma has a nice bushy habit with reddish new leaves and reddish stems. Lady S is more upright and taller in growth and greener leafed.

Photo of Lady Emma.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 27/04/2017 at 09:08

Morning all.
Fed-up with the weather forecast. It didn't mention frost, said it would be cloudy with showers and the odd sunny period today. But it was -2° there was a frost, ice on the water butts and clear blue sky. The garden dahlias have all been frosted, they are the ones that survived -12° in the winter and stayed in the ground. There wasn't room in the cold frames for all the ones in pots so I left 3 dahlias outside the GH door to harden off. Wanted to plant them before we left but they have been frosted.

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 27/04/2017 at 08:18

Thank you. The pale pink rose is Mme Alfred Carrière, but I'm not sure about the yellow climber. It has red buds and gets yellower as it gets older. I looked it up and the nearest I could find is Sutter's Gold, which is what I call it.

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 26/04/2017 at 23:30

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