Posted: 18/10/2014 at 14:11
Wow Fidget - what a great photo!
Dordogne Damsel said "my gardening advisers all seem to have had bad experiences with DA roses". All except me, if I count. What you have to remember is that they were bred in England which is cooler and damper than here. So they will need regular watering, here in summer, unless it's a real downpour, there isn't enough rain to keep the ground moist without watering. Where I am the soil is poor - yours is better further north, so they need regular feeding. My daughter near Poitiers has had success with them.
Spent 2 hours mucking out the horses' summer shelter, they'd pulled the hay all over the place and trampled and pooed in it. I don't do it regularly as it's some way from the house and has an earth floor. Usually the farmer does it with his tractor. Now must go and bang in some fence posts and replace some of the electric ribbon. Preparing to stay with daughter, only 2 days, but OH isn't horsey so don't want to leave him that sort of job.