It Wos the Roses Wot Did It

I think I knew in my heart that as soon as the opportunity for more roses arose then any decision was all but made already. Both levels paved? One level paved and a tier of roses? Two tiers of roses? There was no turning back once the thought had implanted itself in my consciousness and it was all I could do to stop myself delving into the David Austin catalogue immediately and making some choices (admittedly I did have a quick peek but with Christmas looming it can wait a little while, as of course will the necessary bricklaying).

Potential obstacles to such a rosy scheme are the looming presence of the now unwanted slabs and the two large urns which previously graced the slate chipped areas (not to mention several bags of the aforesaid chippings). The slabs will be easily accommodated as we need to rethink the shallow steps down to the Coop (the new greenhouse), which we quickly realised were a hazard to ourselves and to any visitors we might have, especially in poor light. Utilising the different colour and material of the slabs will better delineate the change in level and make the steps safer.

The urns were bought from our local salvage yard and were a bargain but still pricey so ideally I want to re-use them elsewhere too, but their size and formality won’t make this easy; my rambles are therefore taking on another dimension as I seek out likely locations. I am hoping to find a spot (two spots, that is) in the shrub border but again that can wait. What will I put in them? Roses perhaps…?!

That David Austin catalogue will certainly make exciting reading over the Christmas period!

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19 Responses to It Wos the Roses Wot Did It

  1. Have you thought about trying to sell the urns? I I know if i try to place a round peg in a square hole it is always the round peg out of place. You could then use the money from the urns to pay for the roses, yes?

  2. bcparkison says:

    I’m thinking about all that soil to fill the pots.

  3. Ooh, I love the anticipation of the DA catalogue when you have a space to fill!

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, me too, particularly when I have ‘magicked’ up space from nowhere. You will see next year just how many roses I have added since the summer, helped along by your inspiration 😉

  4. Anxiously waiting to se your progress and what roses you choose. 🙂

  5. Christina says:

    As you will now have a lot of roses, why not plant an ‘old’ rose. Their perfume and form is so superior and with so many others in the garden it wouldn’t matter that they only flower once.

    • Cathy says:

      I have made a mental note of this suggestion Christina, and it makes a lot of sense. Perhaps not for the area by the bus shelter, but I already have some thoughts…

  6. Roses, it would be beautiful. And the two urns in the garden with roses would be divine. Happy Cathy reading David Austin’s catalog. Have a nice week. Greetings from Margarita.

    • Cathy says:

      We can never have too many roses, I have come to realise! I will not spend too much time with the catalogue yet, but wait till after Christmas and then give it some thought

  7. Chloris says:

    Of course you need more roses don’t we all? And browsing through rose catalogues is a lovely winter activity.

  8. Oh have fun with studying the David Austin catalogue Cathy – the perfect occupation for this time of year. Look forward to reading about what catches your eye.

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