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David Austin Roses, are they worth it?

Posted: 18/01/2017 at 18:07

David Austin roses invest years of time and skill and patience in developing new roses to the point of confirming garden worthiness and preparing quantities for sale.  They offer advice on planting and cultivation and are, in my experience, happy to answer questions, give advice and replace any duffers.   All that comes at a price.

When we lived in Belgium I eventually found I could buy named DA roses ready potted up and growing from a specialist who also develops his own roses in the Ardennes and thus buys only the hardy ones from DA.  They were the same price as bare-rooted+postage from DA in England.

Now we're in France I shall probably revert to buying direct form DA.  I think it's worth it for their flowers, colours, perfume and resistance to disease.   Don't want sickly roses and don't see the point of a rose with no pong.

Last edited: 18 January 2017 18:07:53

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 18/01/2017 at 16:33

BM - that cabinet and mirror and artwork are the previous owners'.   I have a cherry sideboard in a similar colour and a large, bevelled mirror in a stained pine frame which I picked up in a brocante and always intended painting cream.  The sideboard may end up in the annex and then I can have something paler and less solid below the mirror.  Funnily enough I have put a larger picture of irses opposite the mirror and I have a predominantly red and cream oriental rug on the floor between the front door and the sideboard.  Our lights have red cable and fitting with a white glass shade.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 18/01/2017 at 16:23

Best get yours cleaned and on the market asap then Fidget.   We thought ours would take up to 2 years to sell, like others in the village, but we happened on the right buyers early on and it took just 10 days on the market.  Lovely for us as we could then buy this one which suits us well but maybe just a bit too quick for getting all our stuff well organised.  Start sorting now!

Hosta - fingers crossed you're on your way home safely.

We have been to Les Sables d'Olonne again today.  We'd hoped the first two Globe sialors would be in by now but the recent strong winds mean they've had to go up level with the Isles of Scilly and tack back down so tomorrow now - maybe.   We had to pick up anew chap for the satnav then I took hubby to a big garden centre - Villa Verde - to see if they had water butts on sale.  No, but they did have some decent mixed seed bird food and packets of bulbs all reduced to 1€ so I have more scented daffs, botanical tulips, some simple, short gladioli - Byzantine style - and some scillas.  Also a tower for the kittens who think the sofas are for climbing on and claw sharpening and a blue Weber BBQ reduced.   They had large pots of either dark or creamy hellebores for 19€ - excessive - and smaller ones of doubles, speckled, yellow and picotee for 9€ but those were covered in greenfly and white fly so I resisted.  Daphne aurora marginata started at 30€!

Home via fishmonger, SM and freezer shop.   I am now resting the broken toe and minding kittens while OH walks the doglets.  Fabulous sun again but freezing and with added windchill.

Busy - thanks for posting that link.  I shall have a look.  Got OH all excited about the nerines advert on here but they don't ship out of the UK.  Humph.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 17/01/2017 at 21:24

Interesting times Hosta. I hope you and OH get home safely.

What are these?

Posted: 17/01/2017 at 15:42

Lisa - yours has different leaves and may well be a form of saxifrage.  Best to wait until it flowers to see if it's a keeper.

A weed is just a plant in the wrong place.  I remember a walk in the hills near Barcelona where iberis grows wild in rough, dry gorund and my Spanish friend saying it was such a boring weed and yet in UK gardens it's considered gorgeous in the right situation.

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 17/01/2017 at 15:25

A runner would be very practical and is considered typically English here.  Not what the French do at all.

Those stairs are no longer very white.  Between their removals and ours, they're looking distinctly worn and even chipped in a couple of places so will need re-painting when we've finished making messes.  She insisted everyone remove shoes for going upstairs but you can't do that to removals men and plumbers.

The floor tiles are sort of terracotta with bits of cream plus grey grouting so it all needs lifting a bit.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 17/01/2017 at 14:40

I've dug out my old leather fell walking boots for walkies and have abandoned slippers in favour of my trainer style leather shoes around the house and out for now.   Did the initial damage when I stubbed it in October so it's taking its own sweet time but you can't exactly splint or plaster a toe.

OH kicked it in the night when rolling over and that flipping well hurt enough to wake me and keep me awake so I might need a snoozle myself.

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 17/01/2017 at 14:35

My pleasure.  Our hallway is a very strong red with a special finish and, whilst we love it, it can seem a bit strong on dull days so I've been googling about for ideas on how to handle it.

Like the previous owners we have a sideboard and mirror with a picture opposite but that still leaves a lot of red and we need to sand and paint all the doors as they are shabby but not chic and get some decent door frame mouldings put round them as they are currently flush with the walls and speckled with red paint.

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 17/01/2017 at 14:25

Try just the mirrors and pictures first.  You may not need to paint again, especially if you can organise the coats and clutter.

Plenty more tips and ideas if you google "decorating small hallways"

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 17/01/2017 at 14:19

Good job you've all got it in winter when you can't easily be tempted outside to overdo things and make it worse.   Too frustrating.

As it is, I'm more or less confined to barracks with the pesky toe so am also grateful I can't be out there trying to dig,, clear and plant.   Have a man coming next Monday to talk fences.  I want some tall, welded wire mesh fences to make a sort of secluded courtyard garden for some scented plants and climbers.  Not sure the gauge will be right for clems and roses and winter honeysuckle but OH refuses to have more of my much loved builders mesh fencing - cheap, strong, flexible and visually discreet because of the rust colour and bigger holes.

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