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David Austin Roses, are they worth it?

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 21:38

Grace is quite a pale oange.  More apricot.

Since I moved to France last October I have adopted the same policy and ordered DA roses thru a French supplier, mail order this time, and been very pleased with both the quality of the plants and the price.  3 were bare rooted and 4 came in pots.   All now potted up or on and growing well.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 21:27

Have just watched last night's Beechgrove.  Excellent and covered so many topics and have all this week's garden rescue thingies recorded so not missing GW today.

Went for first walkies with OH and the doggies since I broke my toe in January.  It was lovely - hedgerows full of blossom and spring flowers - several white flowers I don't recognise and not all daisy types, white campion, purple clover, purple wild orchids, proper blue bluebells, one or two cowslips still in bloom, speedwell and some escaped blue flowered pulmonaria with very pointed spotty leaves that I might have to go and rescue..  Much tweeting of birds, some crickets but not a lot of buzzing from other insects.

David Austin Roses, are they worth it?

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 19:52

Having spent 25 years living in Belgium and seen the price of bare root roses direct from DA I decided to reduce the risk and ordered all of mine form a rose specialist in the Ardennes who sells them potted up.   I assumed, correctly, that any he sold would be hardy enough for a Belgian winter.  Even so, for their first year I would pot them on and take them under shelter for winter before planting out in the borders.

The only ones I had problems with were early bare root purchases direct from DA - William Shakespeare and Grace turned out to be wussy in winter.   WS struggled and Grace just gave up and died.

They advertise their roses as disease resistant   If you grow them well, they'll be fine but if you plant them in poor soil already infected with black spot spores you're inviting trouble.

Clematis suggestions please?

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 19:41

Crumbs Richard.  Gorgeous and perfume too but it will probably swamp Judy's shrubs.

Thompson Morgan - dead plants, dead customer service

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 16:32

Write a letter to the managing director.  Talking to a minion on the phone never works in such cases.

Explain the problem clearly and politely and give them week or 7 working days if you prefer to respond and fix the problem with decent plants or a refund.  Tell him or her that if you are not satisfied with the response you will go public on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and all the rest as well as the GW forum.

Don't believe customer review sites.  Companies often add their own positive reviews to them.

Climbing rose

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 16:18

Sounds like you arch is going to be busy so an obelisk would be a good solution.

Resurrected Twelve

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 13:23

We have nightingales here but he/she only sings on clear starry nights and it's lovely.  Never heard one before and had to check out the RSPB site to confirm.

I also like my home to be reasonably clean and tidy so we've bought a robot to do regular floor cleaning and that leaves me with dusting once a week and sending OH round with his bloody Dyson to get in the corners and skirting boards about once a month.  

Cosmos is helping OH do the ironing, rolling himself in sheets and duvet covers....

Woke up to a frost this morning.  2 days in a row in April!!  They're promising rain on Sunday with no caveats such as local or intermittent.

Off to SM soon.   Tiler still hasn't appeared so will have to make some calls first.  Hope the perisher does turn up.

Fingers crossed for the dog Hazel.

Mustard is for sauces and salad dressings!

Clematis suggestions please?

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 13:14

Glad you like it.  I had it in my last garden and will be looking for another for this new garden.   You can search that site for other ideas based on colour, size, flowering times etc but I suggest you stick with viticellas and other pruning group 3 for their ease of care.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 13:12

DD - that's a much more positive response.  Well done and good luck for this pm.  

Hosta - yes, plenty of fluids and maybe some Tonic water too in case it helps with any muscle spasms.

Chicky - I hope you have decent weather and a great time.  Looking forward to lots of photos.

Lily - even poorly cuddles are better than none I suppose.  How long before they're home for good?

Yvie - not sure I could afford a visit to Ashwood's!  Having said that, we're off to a plant fair just north of Niort on Monday.  OH knows I've spent all my present from the garden group I ran in Belgium so will go with wallet lined with readies.

Clematis suggestions please?

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 13:05

First of all, clematis are greedy, thirsty plants so need to be buried at least 4" deeper than they were in their pot and given plenty of good soil/compost/nutrients and that's without having to compete with established shrubs that will steal lots of water and nutrients.

Clematis can also, in my experience, take 2 or 3 seasons to get their roots down well and start to thrive but they are certainly worth waiting and caring for.

Have a look at Huldine - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=20  Good flowering season, gets large when happy and pruning is easy - just cut back to a few inches high in March and give it a good feed.  Pull out all the severed top growth.   Every year it will produce more and more stems as long as it's fed.

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